In a coronavirus-related disaster, a truck transporting a load of toilet paper from Alabama to San Antonio crashed and caught fire early in the morning on April 1. The truck driver was safe, but the crash left valuable rolls of toilet paper scattered across I-20 in Hutchins, southeast of Dallas, and closed all westbound lanes.
The crash took place at about 4:15 am, and shut down all westbound lanes between 310 and I-45, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.
According to NBC DFW, the driver of the 18-wheeler fell asleep behind the wheel. He was headed for a travel center in Dallas when he nodded off and lost control of the truck.
However, the truck driver told CBS 11 that he hit a bump, lost control, and hit a highway barrier before the big rig rolled over. Slightly different story, hmmm.
He was hauling toilet paper from Alabama to San Antonio, so that leaves someone in San Antonio in dire straits. The toilet paper appeared to be "large rolls typical of commercial use."
TxDOT said the toilet paper had "burned extensively," estimating it would take authorities "some time" to clean up.
Photos by WFAA's Mike Forbes show the TP on the road. Hard to say if it's one-ply or two. One wonders if they are still scattered on the freeway and if the need were desperate enough to make a field trip.