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17 tons of candy crunched when truck spilled load of M&M’s on highway

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A crash early Friday morning, Dec. 13 near Knoxville, Tennessee, spilled more than 17 tons of M&M’s onto an interstate ramp.

Police said they responded to the tractor-trailer crash on the Interstate 40 east exit ramp around 5:30 a.m.

Candy company Mars Wrigley said the truck was transporting the candy from a manufacturing plant in Cleveland, Tennessee. Police believe that the driver of the tractor-trailer, whom they did not name, swerved to miss hitting something on the exit ramp.

The truck then plowed into a ditch and hit the concrete barrier on the left shoulder before rolling onto its passenger side. It came to rest after it clipped a second tractor-trailer that was parked on the shoulder.

The Knoxville Fire Department also responded because they had to remove the driver from the cab of the overturned truck. CNN reached out to the driver’s trucking company, KLLM Transport Services, for comment but didn’t immediately receive a response.

Police said the driver of the candy truck was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment to injuries “that were not believed to be serious in nature.”

Although the M&M’s appeared to have been in their packaging, they were unable to be salvaged.

“Due to our strict quality and food safety protocols, none of the product has been salvaged,” said Caitlin Kemper, Mars Wrigley spokeswoman.

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