Mayonnaise spill causes highway pile-up in Japan

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Sep 28 2010 08:02 AM | Updated as of Sep 28 2010 04:02 PM

TOKYO – A load of mayonnaise falling off the back of a lorry in Japan caused an eight-vehicle pile-up, leaving three people injured, police said Monday.

The accident, involving a motorcycle, two trucks and five cars, closed part of a two-lane highway for five hours early Saturday in Hyogo prefecture, said police official Masaaki Miyazaki. None of the injuries were serious.

According to witnesses boxes filled with bottles of mayonnaise fell off the back of the truck, he said.

"What probably happened is that cars travelling behind the truck squashed the bottles of mayonnaise, spreading it on the road," he said.

The sauce's ingredients of eggs, vinegar and oil mean "it is more slick and dangerous than snow", he said.

Police were searching for the truck driver, he added.