When we read about truck cargo spills in the news, it is often in a slightly amusing context. This is because the cargo itself may present an opportunity for some jokes about motor vehicle safety. As this article on cargo spills illustrates, spilled beer can invite drinking and driving puns; ice cream spills lead to rocky road puns; a shipment of mackerel that spilled can be referred to as "a fishy situation."
However, oftentimes, cargo spills are anything but funny. To begin with, spills typically stem from truck crashes, which have the potential to be catastrophic due to a truck's size and weight. Further, the cargo itself can present a serious risk to the safety of people in the area.