LEGO Spill tangles up West Virginia highway
By Amanda Kooser
March 5, 2013
Better watch where you step. A tragic Lego disaster along a West Virginia
highway results in a one-lane shutdown.
One lane of Interstate 79 in West Virginia was closed down on Sunday for a
tragic spill of Lego bricks. The bricks scattered across the highway, no doubt
giving drivers traumatic flashbacks to the last time they stepped on a LEGO
brick in bare feet.
As hazardous as LEGO are to unshod humans, they also pose a potential risk to
vehicles. They may not be able to puncture a tire, but I imagine LEGOs could be
pretty slippery, especially in the damp, cold conditions at the time. The only
thing worse than a bunch of loose LEGO on an interstate would be a bunch of wet,
half-frozen loose LEGO.
The spill spawned one of the most concise articles Ive ever seen about a
highway disaster. WDTV reported, Around 5:15 Sunday afternoon, there was a
roadway obstruction of LEGO blocks on I-79 around mile marker 117 in Harrison
County. Traffic was down to one lane until crews could clean up the mess. I
imagine what took so long was the crews having to locate the pieces for, and put
together, the entire Hobbit Bag End kit.
Fortunately, Anmoore, W.V., firefighter Eric McClain was on the scene of the toy
disaster to take photos and help with cleanup. Facebook commentators helped to
fill in the rest of the story. It wasnt a wreck involving a LEGO semi-transport
truck, but rather a couple of large containers full of bricks that fell off of a
A Facebook user named Tiffany Lantz chimed in to take responsibility, writing,
Those legos belonged to my 11 yr old son they where in totes strapped to the
top of the durango they fell off strap came loose he cried it seemed like
forever but I tried to recover as many as I could cause I dont have the money
to buy him anymore. She went on to apologize to those who got stuck in traffic.
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