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No crying, commuters: Two spilled milk accidents snarl bay area's morning rush hour

 
Published Feb. 25, 2015

TAMPA — For commuters on two separate roadways Wednesday morning, it wasn't the pesky fog that slowed them down, but some spilled milk.

A tractor trailer overturned on the U.S. 301 southbound exit ramp to Interstate 4 just before 4 a.m., spewing the liquid into the grassy median. Hours later, containers filled with baby formula and infant care magazines tumbled from a different trailer, littering all southbound lanes of Memorial Highway and bringing traffic to a halt, Tampa police said.

Officers and Road Rangers used brooms and shovels to clear away most of the debris and called in specialized street sweepers to clean the rest.

The spills left travelers with a string of traffic jams in the southbound lanes of Memorial Highway and Veterans Expressway, eastbound lanes of the Courtney Campbell Causeway and merging traffic from Eisenhower Boulevard, police said.