• Mar 10, 2011
A tractor trailer carrying printer ink cartridges went wheels up on an a ramp linking Massachusetts Route 128 and Interstate 95 near Peabody, Mass. yesterday morning. The wreck blocked traffic for hours while state police and an environmental cleanup company worked to clear the debris.

State police said the accident isn't expected to cause any environmental damage, but it sure did make the interstate look like a Jackson Pollock vision (that, or a season's worth of Dexter). No word yet on how much dough all that printer ink is worth, but if OfficeMax prices are anything to go by, we're probably lucky that the spilled contents didn't derail the stock exchange.

Head over to Boston.com for footage of the colorful crash, and click here for an amazing image of the printer ink carnage.

[Source: Boston.com]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Drove by it yesterday, which amazingly caused less delays than my typical commute.
      Was amazed it was still closed last night, but they wanted to grind up the pavement that absorbed the ink.
      All I can imagine is if I was one of the cars that were first driving through the mess, covering their paint and spraying on those behind them. I know most newspaper ink is soy based these days, but no coat of Zaino is thick enough to stop me from completely freaking out if that happened to my car!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oooooh, pretty!
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is official. Cartridge ink is made with unicorn blood.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool! :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      At retail prices, that's about a trillion dollars of ink.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's the street value of all that ink?
        • 3 Years Ago
        180gal (~700 liter) IBC at about 8 grand a gallon.... 1.4 million?

        There are four colors in the picture, so say 5.6mil, give or take a few tens of thou for a smashed truck.

        /napkinmath
        • 3 Years Ago
        Not much... prices drop fast when a *flood* of ink *saturated* the market.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ink costs so much because they usually lose money on the printers and they need to make money somewhere to stay in business.

      Same with video games - Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft - they all lose money on the PS3 Wii and XBOX360, but make up for it with high priced games, controllers etc...

      It's clever business, get people in with low entry costs and then make money with high priced maintenance.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The loss leader model. Just like oil changes for $20 which lead to brake changes for $200.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know about the yellow snow, but Mamma dint say nuthin' bout blue.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The news reporter in the linked video says it's paint.. where did the boston.com get ink from?
        • 3 Years Ago
        It wasn't individual cartridges, it was shipped in Intermediate Bulk Containers (see second image). Basically big steel totes. Supposedly the truck was headed to a newspaper printing press.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree, this couldn't be ink cartridges. It would take a lot more than a truck turning over to crack open thousands of ink cartridges. My guess is it's paint in five-gallon (or even larger) containers.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It'll probably wash off of paint, but what about soft things like tires or convertible tops?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cheap way to upgrade to one of those art cars if you already have a BMW.
      • 3 Years Ago
      And yet no one contacted MOMA
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