Holy guacamole! Just when you think 2017 couldn’t get any worse, a whopping 40,000 pounds avocados met a grisly end on Thursday when a truck carrying the pricy produce crashed on a Texas highway and burst into flames. Tragic, just tragic.
Thankfully, no humans were injured in the crash, which occurred on Interstate 35E south of Waxahachie in the afternoon, WFAA reported. Photos and video from the scene showed an 18-wheeler going up in flames while crews attempted to put out the blaze.
While the cause of the crash has not yet been confirmed, sources with the Texas Department of Public Safety said that a mechanical issue might have been at play. The accident caused traffic to come to a standstill in the area as authorities diverted drivers and worked to clear the roadways. The highway was reopened about three hours later.
It is also yet to be determined whether the massive loss of avocado life will result in prices going up. Such an economic calamity could prove disastrous for millennials, many of whom rely on a steady diet of overpriced avocado-based dishes to survive and thrive.
Over the summer, three Southern California produce workers were arrested after getting busted embezzling over $300,000 in avocados from their employer. They skimmed avocados from the facility, acted as if they were selling the produce in a professional capacity to dupe customers into buying their purloined goods, and then splitting the proceeds among themselves.