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December 31, 2012 12:11 am


No one was hurt when a tractor-trailer loaded with 77,000 pounds of tomatoes ran off Interstate 95 near Ladysmith Sunday morning. But the crash certainly gave Facebook followers fodder for tomato-based jokes, ranging from "it's a Bloody Mary morning" to "Where is the vodka truck when you need it?"

Then there was the Facebooker who hadn't heard details of the crash, which occurred at 8:16 a.m. at the 108.6 mile marker in Caroline County. "I'm playing ketchup, what happened?"

The truck driver, who was heading from Washington to Florida, ran off the left side of the road and overturned in the median.

Whether you say to-MA-toes or to-mah-toes, neither spilled onto the interstate, although one comment suggested "it would have been funny to see them Roma all over the road."

There were jokes about fried green tomatoes and adding peppers and onions to make salsa. One commenter suggested that those who live for marinara were mourning the near-loss of such precious ingredients. "I can hear the Italian-Americans weeping from here."

On a serious note, the driver, Henry Lee, 57, of Mulberry, Fla., was wearing his seat belt and was not injured. He was charged with reckless driving, state police said.

Emergency crews were on the scene for several hours, cleaning up the scene and getting the truck upright.

Then, maybe they all went out for BLTs.

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