Five tons of fish scatter across 500 meters of highway in Osaka Prefecture
Japan Times -- Jul 05
Five tons of bonitos fell from a refrigerator truck and were scattered across an expressway in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, on Thursday morning, police said.

The frozen fish were dispersed over 500 meters of highway near the Miharaminami Interchange of the Hanwa Expressway linking Osaka and Wakayama prefectures, police said.

“I turned the wheel to avoid something left on the road. Then the (refrigerator) door opened,” said a driver in his 40s, whose name is being withheld.

The truck was carrying 15 tons of bonitos in total, traveling from Kagoshima Prefecture to Shizuoka Prefecture.

The accident caused a traffic jam that continued for six kilometers. No one was injured.

4日午前、大阪府堺市の阪和自動車道で保冷車の荷台が開き、冷凍のカツオが路上に大量に散乱しました。 午前9時すぎ、阪和道上り線の美原南インターチェンジ付近で「カツオが路上に散乱している」と通報がありました。警察などによりますと、走行していた保冷車の荷台の扉が何らかの原因で開き、冷凍のカツオが300メートルにわたって道路に散乱したということです。このため、現場付近では一時、渋滞が発生しましたが、けが人などはいませんでした。カツオはすでに回収されたということで、警察が運転手から事情を聴いています。
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