35,000 Pounds of Holiday M&M’s Ruined in Multiple Big Rig Crash
Knoxville, TN – About 35,000 pounds of M&M’s were ruined after the tractor-trailer hauling the load crashed near Knoxville, spilling the candies along an exit ramp off of Interstate 40.
Police responded to a two-semi truck crash on the Papermill Drive exit ramp off I-40 East shortly after 5:30 a.m. on Friday, December 13.
According to the Knoxville Police Department (KPD), the driver of the tractor-trailer hauling the candy swerved to avoid hitting “something” in the road.
Authorities said the truck then hit the concrete barrier on the left shoulder before crashing into another tractor-trailer that was parked on the right shoulder of the exit ramp.
The big rig hauling the M&M’s overturned, and the Knoxville Fire Department was dispatched to the scene to help remove the driver.
The driver — who’s identity has not been released, but was operating for Mississippi-based KLLM Transport Services — was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, according to KPD.
Fortunately, no one was inside the parked semi that was hit at the time of the accident, police said.
And for the record, the tractor-trailer was carrying M&Ms… pic.twitter.com/wPIJnhReaf
— Mark Nagi (@MarkNagiTDOT) December 13, 2019
The load of M&M’s suffered a much more serious injury, however.
“Due to our strict quality and food safety protocols, none of the product has been salvaged,” a spokesperson for Mars Wrigley, who produces M&M’s, regrettably stated.
The spokesperson also reported the load was being transported from its manufacturing plant in Cleveland, TN.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation initially estimated the debris from the accident would be cleared by 1 p.m.
However, crews worked to clear the scene until around 7 p.m.
According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, KLLM has almost 2,200 drivers and reported 130 crashes in the previous 24 months.