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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

Choc horror! Liquid chocolate spill in Poland causes major delays

According to the manufacturer, spilled chocolate is more difficult to remove than oil and needs to be shifted gradually using pressurized hot water

A tanker carrying liqiud chocolate crashed and overturned on the A2 motorway in central Poland.  TwojaSlupca.pl / EPA
A tanker carrying liqiud chocolate crashed and overturned on the A2 motorway in central Poland.  TwojaSlupca.pl / EPA

It was an unusual day's work for emergency workers in Poland on Wednesday as they were called out not to put out blazes, but to clear chocolate.

A tanker carrying 12 tons of liquid milk chocolate overturned in the early hours of the morning after colliding with a traffic barrier, causing waves of the liquid to coat Poland's A2 motorway between Wrzesnia and Slupca.

The incident has lead to a rather sticky situation as traffic came to a complete standstill.

Police said earlier in the day it could be several hours before the road would be able to reopen.

According to the manufacturer, spilled chocolate is more difficult to remove than oil and needs to be shifted gradually using pressurized hot water.

In some areas, the chocolate was so thick that heavy machinery was brought in to scoop up the mess.

The driver suffered a broken arm and was later taken to hospital. While no one else was injured during the incident, the troublesome substance did rob one local journalist of his shoe.