Beer Truck Tragedy Spills Into Morning Commute

By Zach Christman
|  Thursday, Jul 30, 2009  |  Updated 1:44 PM CDT
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A beer truck overturns on the ramp from the Tri-State Tollway to the inbound Eisenhower Expressway.

A beer truck overturns on the ramp from the Tri-State Tollway to the inbound Eisenhower Expressway.

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If you took the Eisenhower Expressway or the Tri-State into the city this morning, you should have brought a cooler and some ice.

Way more than 99 bottles of beer happened to fall when a big rig loaded up with Miller Lite overturned in the western suburbs Tuesday morning. 

The truck rolled over on the ramp from the southbound Tri-State Tollway to the inbound Ike, spilling a huge load of beer cans all over the median in what could be the biggest tragedy of the morning.  The driver wasn't hurt.

There was a big gaper's delay as grown men driving by wiped back tears or tried to figure out if they could snag a can without anyone noticing.

The Tri-State was jammed inbound back to York Road, and westbound back to Manheim Road. 

Just before 7 a.m., crews turned the truck back upright and started to clean up the beer.  A mid-morning update said the wreck was expected to be clear by 9:45.  Get the latest traffic conditions here.

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