Beer spillage causes serious traffic jam for morning commuters in Keelung City

Commuters trying to get to work or school were stuck in a serious traffic jam this morning, after a load of more than 500 boxes of Taiwan beer fell off a truck in Keelung City’s Anle District.

According to reports, the accident happened at around 6:30 am on Jijin Road near the Highway 3 Jijin Freeway Interchange. Thousands of people attempting to get to downtown Keelung, or to Taipei via the freeway, were affected.

The Keelung City Environmental Protection Bureau urgently dispatched a clean-up team to the scene, but the clean-up was delayed as the freight company insisted that they would take care of the clean-up themselves, and did not want people randomly picking up the beer.

Traffic police said that if such an incident occurs on a highway, they have the authority to arrange the clean-up and charge expenses to the company afterwards. However, because the load had fallen on an ordinary road, they had to wait for the company to manage the clean-up as requested.

Police directed traffic around the spill, but the incident caused major congestion that extended at least three kilometers, all the way to downtown Keelung.

Some students and commuters chose to get off buses and walk the rest of the way. Picture Credit: Kuo-Kuang Bus Company

Traffic police said they estimate the clean-up will be completed by around 11:00 am.

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