Gloucester County Haz-Mat, state police, and numerous area fire departments all responded to the scene of the spill outside of Deptford, N.J. on Feb. 27. According to the county Office of Emergency Management, a tractor-trailer carrying a load of chicken guts was involved in a crash with a passenger vehicle on Route 55 Northbound just before the Route 42 interchange around 9 a.m. Monday morning.
No injuries were reported thankfully, but it took all the clean-up crew had to hold their breakfast in due to the stench. The local carwash racked up a massive profit from the locals having to wash the guts off their vehicles as they foolishly drove over the goop.
One of the northbound lanes was cleared at 1:00 p.m., with the remnants cleaned up at 6:00 p.m. and full traffic restored. A local woman told New Jersey 101.5 FM: “I drove partially through this today and I will never be the same. I literally have a chicken foot stuck inside my wheel well. It was the foulest smell and now my (new) car reeks.”
Is NJ-55 a cursed highway?
Back in 1985, when Route 55 was being built, there was an AP article about a Native American shaman getting angered about the road possibly disturbing a burial ground. He held a press conference where he cursed the road and its construction workers.
A list of incidents soon followed: a 34-year-old crewmember was struck and killed by an asphalt roller truck; one inspector fell dead of a brain aneurysm; a worker succumbed to cancer; a wind blew a crewman off a bridge; and another worker’s feet turned black from a circulatory disorder; two crewmen suffered heart attacks; family members of employees developed cancer or other serious ailments, and a van carrying five crew members caught fire for no apparent reason. That’s a lot of bad juju from ignoring a warning about disturbing an alleged burial site.
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