Beer Truck Tragedy Spills Into Morning Commute

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    A beer truck overturns on the ramp from the Tri-State Tollway to the inbound Eisenhower Expressway. (Published Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009)

    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. 

    BROLL: Beer Truck Overturns on I-290 Ramp

    [CHI] BROLL: Beer Truck Overturns on I-290 Ramp
    A beer truck overturns on the ramp from the Tri-State Tollway to the inbound Eisenhower Expressway. (Published Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009)

    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.