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Truck carrying thousands of bottles of ketchup crashes on interstate

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It looked a lot worse than it was. A semitruck carrying thousands of bottles of Heinz ketchup crashed on I-80 near Reno, leaving huge splotches of bright red tomato paste on the heavily trafficked highway.

Fortunately, nobody was injured, though traffic was mucked up for about an hour on Thursday. Sgt. Janay Sherven of the Nevada Highway Patrol told the Reno Gazette Journal, "I have red everywhere on the highway. No bodies, no people, just ketchup."

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Police believe the accident occurred when the truck driver swerved to dodge a car. The truck collided with the highway median and hit a light pole, which, the Gazette Journal noted, slashed open a side of the trailer.

And then out came the ketchup. Lots and lots of ketchup. State transportation authorities used snowplows to get it off the road. Its ultimate destination: the dump.

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