Truck spills happen so often in China that by this point the only way that one could surprise us is by scattering unicorns across the road. But for now, we’re content with the spill that happened on Saturday, this time starring crayfish.
At noon, the Han-Yi highway in Hubei province was covered with crayfish desperately clawing their way to freedom, only for villagers noticing the spill to come armed with bags, tubs and baskets looking to make a hefty spoil. Meanwhile, the driver tried to halt the plundering of his lost cargo, but with no success. Quite hard to stop an army from stealing 2000 kg of crayfish anyway.
Luckily, the local police and traffic police arrived before the situation got too out of control, and managed to save more than half of the crayfish, NetEase reports. At the time of the looting, two police were on patrol and after hurrying over to help the poor driver, they took crayfish from the hands of villagers and returned them to the cargo baskets and later called upon two more officers to help out. The situation was a heap of confusion at first, but the four officers managed to get everything under control, but not without being pinched and poked by writhing crayfish.
The price of the cargo was around 90,000 RMB, a delivery from Jianli city to Wuhan.
According to one of the traffic officers at the scene, there had been several incidents like this before, with previous looting occurring with spilled cabbages and oranges. In fact, whenever the police are alerted to this kind of incident, they first rush to the scene to prevent looting (never mind about the driver we guess).
Netizens haven’t taken kindly to the looting either:
“When a truck full of manure tips over they’ll be tearing through it to look for undigested food!” one netizen commented.
“These are our fellow countrymen, I’m so proud!” another added sarcastically.
Nevertheless it seems the police are certainly getting good at their job, as by 1 p.m. the road was once again clear and after a few checks most of the crayfish were saved. Good job guys!
By Kitty Lai
[Images via NetEase]