One person was injured in the crash that affected traffic on I-55, officials said.

Screenshot from WHBQ video

A “brazen situation” unfolded after a semi-truck crashed and spilled pasta sauce it was transporting in Tennessee, officials said.

Topped with Alfredo sauce part of Interstate 55, blocking northbound traffic as crews worked to clean up Tuesday, Aug. 30, according to Nicole Lawrence, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

On Twitter, Lawrence shared a photo showing a white substance covering the sidewalk. The sauce spilled near a semi-truck that was missing its cab and part of its trailer, according to video posted by WHBQ’s Kate Bieri.

The Memphis Police Department was called to the crash around 4:30 p.m. on the interstate near McLemore Avenue. Officers said a tractor-trailer carrying Alfredo sauce crashed into a wall along the highway.

One person was taken to the hospital in “non-critical condition” and lanes were cleared by 9:45 p.m., police told McClatchy News in an emailed statement.

Photos and videos from the crash site were shared by some social media users offended while others relied on cheese sauce would not be lost in vain.

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The sauce could be seen covering part of the roadway. Tennessee Department of Transportation

“I just want to know how bad it smelled after baking in the sun,” one person commented on Facebook.

“5,000 gallons pasta can help,” another person wrote on Twitter.

There were also those who compared it with another recent accident. August 29 of this year thousands of tomatoes spilled on Interstate 80 in California, causing a shutdown, McClatchy News reported.

Simone Jasper is a reporter who covers breaking news for The News & Observer and real-time news in the Carolinas.

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