THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY — Remember that part in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" when chocolate spills all over a highway and Augustus Gloop tries to lick it up while the Oompa Loompas roll their eyes and clear off the road?
Oh, wait. That's not Willy Wonka. It's real life. Sort of.
Wednesday, a truck carrying 12 tons of chocolate crashed on a highway in Poland. As the truck tipped over, thick, gooey chocolate spilled out and covered the road. Obviously, Augustus Gloop was not really around, and there were no Oompa Loompas (that we can verify), but the scene still feels like it could come straight out of a Roald Dahl novel.
The spill covered all four lanes of the highway and caused traffic to back up on both sides of the spill, but the driver of the truck only received minor injuries, according to The New York Times. This video from ABC News Australia shows a bit of the cleanup, but authorities said it took several hours before the roads were clear. Bogdan Kowalski, a firefighter at the scene, told ABC News that chocolate is actually harder to clean up than oil.
"It's a time-consuming task," Kowalski said. "Layers of chocolate can only be removed from the tarmac with warm pressure water."
I guess the cleanup crew probably would've been pretty grateful for the help of some magical Oompa Loompas after all. Enjoy the video and be glad you're not sitting behind a sticky chocolate traffic jam right now. Oh, and I'm sorry if this activated your sweet tooth and now you can't stop craving chocolate.