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A northbound stretch of the M42 was this morning closed after a six-vehicle pile-up "sent marshmallows and beer spilling out onto the carriageway", the BBC reports. Several lorries and a van were involved in the incident at around 04:00 GMT. The motorway is closed at junctions 10 and 11 near Tamworth Services, and the Highways …


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  1. GettinSadda
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    I'm in...

    "The agency added the road was "likely to remain closed until Friday afternoon" pending the arrival of a clean-up team of sweet-toothed alcoholics."

    OK, count me in...

  2. Anonymous Coward
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    Do they need help clearing it up?

    Free beer and marshmallows? sounds good to me.

  3. D@v3

    The people demand...........

    A playmobile recreation!!

  4. Anonymous Coward


    Sounds like one for Homer J....

  5. Steve K

    Was the road desserted.....?

    Was the road desserted.....?

  6. Ceilidhman
    Paris Hilton

    It has to be done

    Oh this one is definitely calling for a Lego diorama! Go on, I know you want to!

    Paris coz she would go well with marshmallows and beer

  7. David Harper

    It could be worse

    A friend of mine is a police officer. He was on traffic duty when a truck shed its load of frozen prawns all over the A14 near Cambridge on a hot summer day. It took the clean-up crew several hours to shovel up the spilled crustaceans, and by lunchtime, the stench was appalling.

  8. Benny


    Dammit! Thats one traffic jam I wouldnt mind being in.

    Mmmmm marshmellows and beer.....

  9. Cerretelli
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    Sounds like a good party, I may have to stop by!

  10. Ferry Boat

    Diesel, Duck and Daisy

    Marshmallows make perfect airbags for mice.

  11. Richard
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    On my way now.....

    ... to join the cleanup team.

    Any more volunteers?

  12. Steve Dulieu

    In Other News

    The M1 was closed earlier today following a collision between a lorry carrying tortoises and a van carrying terrapins.




    "It was turtle confusion" said a spokesman.

  13. Peter Mount


    I had a feeling I had my liquid lunch in the wrong pub today...

  14. Paul

    Up North

    They say "there's nowt stranger than folks". Most of the strange ones are up North so maybe a few sweet toothed alcoholics will happen by and clean it up before the clean up crew get there.

    Mine's the one with Southern B**tard written on the back ;-)

  15. Simon Millard


    A police spokesman said "Yum Yum"

  16. Martin Proffitt


    Why was I not informed of this earlier. Beer and marshmallows on a Friday afternoon would have been nice.

  17. Chris

    You couldn't make it up...

    Marshmallows and beer... sounds like a recipe for a good night!!!!!

    Mine's the "Stay Puft" costume...

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Jobs Horns

    all they'd need to do is........

    go to the nearest secondary school and get all the kids down on the motorway. Give it and hour all the beer and sweeties would be gone !

  19. ThinkingOutLoud
    IT Angle

    The only things missing...

    ...were the burning car over which to toast the 'mallows and the vending supply van with plastic cups to collect the beer with. When you're stuck on a motorway for hours with such delicacies, who cares about IT?

  20. Anonymous Coward

    Homers Dream

    This is Homer Simpsons dream come true.

  21. yeah, right.


    All that was needed was a spark for a really good outing then?

    I assume the IT content revolves around the marshmallows somehow?

  22. Pierre

    Same thing happened last week

    A similar thing happened last week nearby. A lorry had an accident and spilled 32 tons of Cialis pills on the motorway. You can imagine the congestion...

  23. kain preacher

    Are we sure

    This was an accident ?? I'd be looking for some frat boys.

  24. michael


    "I assume the IT content revolves around the marshmallows somehow?"

    no the it content resolves round the beer fr obvoius reasoions

  25. Anonymous John

    @ Was the road desserted.....?

    A trifle.

  26. Simp

    On yer bike

    They forgot someone on their pushbike rode in to a solid wall of beery marshmallow and hasn't been seen since. I'm fine now thanks for asking; now I know where the idea for Teletubbies came from.

  27. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @ yeah, right.

    surely beer is the only angle needed?

  28. Pete


    Choose the form of Gozer the Destructor and be... refreshed!

  29. Dr Patrick J R Harkin

    @David Harper

    "It took the clean-up crew several hours to shovel up the spilled crustaceans, and by lunchtime, the stench was appalling."

    Yeah, well, some of those cleanup crews have very low standards of personal hygiene.

    Thank you very much, I'm here all week, don't try the fish, it's been scraped off a motorway...

  30. Goblin

    @ Was the road desserted.....?

    Some smartie on another site said that motorists were advised to stick to the inside lane to avoid the bottleneck.

  31. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What a shame...

    ...Ronnie Barker isn't still around.

  32. Max

    There was also a massive collision between a berry truck and a sugar truck down the road

    It caused a real traffic jam.

  33. mutt1170

    @Homers Dream

    Mmmmm RoadBeer!!!

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