Big Rig Loaded With Beer Overturns On Fla. Highway

DAYTONA BEACH (CBSMiami) — A big rig loaded with 55,000 pounds of bottled beer overturned on I-95 near Daytona Beach. There was so much beer on the road, workers could have gotten drunk just cleaning it up.

The northbound lanes of I-95 were strewn with broken bottles of Heineken and Amstel Light.

“I was tripping out when I seen the truck full of beer I was like ‘wow man.’ There was a lot of broken bottles and everything. I don’t even drink,” said clean-up worker Twain Williams.

Driver Marcos Martinez, 46 of Miami, claimed he lost control of his beer filled tractor trailer on Monday morning just after 4:00 a.m. because a truck in front of him swerved.

However, state troopers said there were no other skid marks on the road or witnesses to back up his claim.

Troopers said Martinez lost control then skidded 900-feet before he flipped over on his passenger side, which caused the top of the truck to pop open and sent all those bottles of beer barreling onto the interstate.

There were more than 4,000 cases of beer in the truck worth about $50-thousand. It took crews about seven hours to clear the broken glass and brew.

“Cleaning up beer, it’s kind of really smelly, you know what I mean?” said Williams.

It’s not a total loss. A few left over, undamaged cases will be sent back to the vendor.

Charges are pending against Martinez.


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