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Big Rig With 42K Pounds of Honey Overturns on Los Angeles Freeway

Motorists were stuck in traffic during the afternoon drive east of downtown Los Angeles

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    Stuck in Traffic: Honey Spills on Freeway

    Traffic slows on the 605 Freeway after a honey spill. Raw aerial video from Monday March 24, 2014. (Published Tuesday, March 25, 2014)

    A big rig hauling 42,000 pounds of honey created "one sweet mess" when it overturned on the 605 Freeway on Monday afternoon, forcing the closure of four lanes through the city of Industry, Caltrans officials said.

    The semi-truck tipped onto its side about 2 p.m. on the northbound 605 Freeway at Valley Boulevard, between the 60 and 10 freeways, Caltrans said.

    Aerial footage showed the honey leaking onto the freeway shoulder and a miles-long traffic jam.

    Connectors from the 60 Freeway to the northbound 605 Freeway were closed during the cleanup, officials said.

    No other vehicles were involved in the crash, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    Caltrans officials urged motorists to avoid the area.

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    The unusual spill inspired several punny comments on Twitter, even from law enforcement.

    "Honey, I'm going to be late," the CHP tweeted.