FORT WAYNE – No hot fudge. No sprinkles. No cherries.
It was just a lot of ice cream that spilled onto Interstate 69 after a tractor-trailer rig tipped over sundae – I mean, Friday.
The rig carrying 40,000 pounds of Edy’s had just come off an onramp and gotten onto the interstate when it crashed shortly before 4 p.m.
Fort Wayne police Sgt. Carl Egly said the truck was either going too fast coming out of the onramp’s curve or its load shifted.
“That threw her off,” Egly said. “The thing plopped over.”
The rig was in the right southbound lane just north of the Lima Road overpass when it tipped onto the driver’s side. The driver, who was not identified, had minor injuries and was taken to a hospital as a precaution, Egly said.
The crash itself did not cause ice cream to spill onto the interstate. But when two large tow trucks used cables to drag the rig closer to the shoulder, hundreds of 1.5-quart containers – the kind you’d see in a grocery store – came out of the top of the trailer, which had cracked open.
There was regular vanilla. For mature palates: vanilla bean. For those watching their figures: vanilla with no sugar added. And for variety: caramel praline crunch, one of Edy’s Yogurt Blends.
The truck belonged to Parrish Leasing of Fort Wayne. The company had about 12 people stack the ice-cream containers onto pallets, and a forklift placed those loads into the trailer of another rig.
With most of the containers intact and temperatures close to freezing, it appeared much of the ice cream would be salvageable, Egly said.
Edy’s has a plant at 3426 N. Wells St. not far from the crash scene. A spokesman reached Friday evening said the company is looking into the spill but did not have further information.
Southbound traffic on Interstate 69 was initially reduced to one lane, but another lane was opened about 5 p.m. The onramp from Lima Road to the southbound lanes of the interstate was expected to be closed until late Friday.