Somewhere, Winnie the Pooh is shedding a tear.
Early Wednesday, a semi hauling 41,000 pounds of “Amber Honey” lost control and rolled over on I-80/94 in Lake County.
The crash caused five containers of honey to fall out of the truck, and at least four of the containers are leaking honey onto the interstate, police said. Eight containers of honey were still inside the box trailer after the crash.
A train had derailed between Oakdale and Escalon about 30 years back, and one of the cars that had been thrown on its side was loaded with Hershey’s chocolate syrup. Makes sense, Hershey had a chocolate factory in Oakdale back then.
Naturally, when I had time a day or two later, I just had to jump in my truck and head that way to see for myself. There’s not a whole lot of excitement in Riverbank City of Action, so we had to get what we could when we could. A train derailment was worth going to.
Chocolate syrup was everywhere. Keep in mind this was in the middle of summer in the Central Valley, temps were over 100 degrees and not a hint of wind in an area surrounded by huge dairies. When me and my buddy David got there, you could see a dark haze over the area from 500 yards away and we were both wondering just what in the hell was that all about? We found out. Flies. About a billion of those motherfuckers. And we’re in a truck with no air conditioning, so the windows were down as we rolled up. I had flies in the cab for the next two weeks.