A truck carrying 30,000 litres of printer ink flipped over on an interstate in Massachusetts this morning, resulting in what must be the most colourful car crash in history.
The photo above, snapped by Winslow Townson for The Boston Globe, shows the Technicolor aftermath.
Joe Ferson, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, confirmed in a statement that 7000kg of red, blue and yellow ink cartridges from an Indianapolis-based printing company were involved in the crash, though thankfully, the Globe reports, "Ferson said there is no evidence the yellow ink was released." My investigation of the photograph above resulted in a contradictory conclusion.
Clean-up crews were quick to respond to the scene, soaking up the rivers of ink with sand, though some sections of the ramp will reportedly require repaving and some ink had already seeped it into nearby storm drains. It is not considered an environmental hazard, but state environmental officials are on-site overseeing the cleanup. The interstate on-ramp is expected to remain closed throughout the evening.
Meanwhile, at an office somewhere in America, toner is presumably running very low. [Boston Globe]