42,000 pounds of watermelon spill onto I-75 in Clayton County

If you’ve spent any time driving around Atlanta, you’ve seen your share of traffic nightmares.

Wayward farm animals. Bad crashes. Presidential motorcades.

Friday morning, traffic got even fruitier.

A tractor-trailer overturned in Clayton County, spilling 42,000 pounds of watermelon onto the interstate. The crash happened about 5 a.m. on the I-75 northbound ramp to I-285 westbound. And those hundreds of green melons left many drivers seeing red.

For nearly 18 years, WSB reporter Mark Arum has helped drivers get where they’re going and avoid the major traffic jams. The same ramp has been a frequent trouble spot, but Friday was a first, he said.

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“We have covered a lot of produce spilled on the road, but I can’t remember every having watermelons,” Arum told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The “watermelon ramp” was reopened within the hour, but the fruit caused traffic delays in the area during much of the morning commute.

Before you hit Atlanta roads, check for updates and alternate routes online through the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

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