The eastbound lanes of Interstate 94 in Albertville, Minn., were shut down for hours Thursday morning after a crash involving two semitrailer trucks.
One of the trucks spilled a load of potatoes onto the road. A few other cars hit the debris and the spuds, said Sgt. Jesse Grabow with the Minnesota State Patrol.
The crash occurred near Exit 201 at about 4:45 a.m., Grabow said. No one was seriously injured.
The mishap led to a lengthy traffic backup as motorists were funneled onto a bypass lane serving exits 202 and 201 in Albertville.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation warned drivers of a prolonged closure of the freeway shortly after the crash.
"The potatoes are freezing to the pavement," a spokesman in the agency's Regional Traffic Management Center said.
Front-end loaders were seen scooping up the potatoes after the wreckage was cleared. Lanes reopened at about 9:45 a.m. The westbound lanes were unaffected and remained open.