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More Fun with Big Rig Spills: Spam and Mushrooms

By Andrew Peerless in News on Mar 29, 2005 2:53PM

spam and mushrooms, courtesy of and hormelIn one of the classic sequences from Steve Martin's poor-black-child-
caucasian-millionaire epic The Jerk, a young hero narrowly eschews a rifle-wielding sniper with a hatred of... cans. This morning, plenty of people on the area's busiest expressways understood the sniper's vengeance, as nearly 20,000 pounds of canned food goods tumbled from an overturned big rig and caused a healthy traffic backup.

The truck, which was carrying Spam and mushrooms (no, we're not making this up), toppled while negotiating a ramp from the inbound Stevenson to the inbound Dan Ryan Expressways. The wreckage initially blocked the ramp, but crews have cleared the truck and its delicious cargo enough for traffic to inch through.

Meanwhile, Chicagoist would like to suggest that cleanup crews consider this recipe for "Spam Stroganoff," from the recipe search function of the Spam Web site, which features both Hormel's favorite spiced ham product and mushrooms. However, we don't even want to think about the delights that could spring from the combination of Spam, mushrooms and the waste of that milk truck accident we told you about earlier this month.