The Staten Island Expressway was plagued by a sad state of affairs for drivers and tropical fruit lovers this morning when a tractor-trailer full of pineapples overturned, dumping a sea of Jimmy Buffett's beloved drink ingredient all over the highway.
The FDNY tells us that at 5:43 a.m., a tractor-trailer and a car collided near the Slosson Ave exit, with one man transported to Staten Island University Hospital with minor injuries. Though officials were unable to confirm whether or not pineapples were involved in this incident, the Staten Island Advance reports that the tractor-trailer was in fact carrying pineapples. It and its contents overturned, shutting down the eastbound lanes.
The Pineapple Expressway finally reopened sometime before noon, though not before leaving a slew of unlucky drivers trapped in gridlocked traffic stretching from the West Shore Expressway to the Slosson Avenue exit:
Might be the worst traffic ive ever seen on the staten island expressway
— T Huebs (@TylerHuebler) May 31, 2014
...must be a bad accident on Staten Island expressway towards Verazano. Complete stand still for over 20min.
— DJ LaLa (@DJLALA) May 31, 2014
Avoid this expressway been on this one hour Staten Island Expressway to Brooklyn. We have pineapples on the road with no way out.
— Piro Hernandez (@Pirokeys) May 31, 2014
On the bright side, travelers were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime rubbernecking experience.
There's pineapples all over the Staten Island expressway
— alexa (@L3XKLUK) May 31, 2014
The SI Advance reports that the tractor-trailer was still waiting to be towed as of 1 p.m. and delays still persist on the Expressway, with nearby service roads clogged as well. S61 and S62 express bus service to and from Staten Island has also resumed with delays.
It is unclear what happened to all the pineapples.