Eyes on the road? Yes, when a few thousand potatoes spill

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Sure, northwestern Minnesota's reputation for potatoes is spreading.

But on Monday it was spreading all over Interstate 94 near Rothsay.

When a semi overturned and spilled thousands of spuds onto the road, the State Patrol responded by closing the eastbound lanes.

Then – without a snowflake in sight – the plows were called out to help clean up the mess.

And troopers snapped a few photos to preserve this potato oopsie for posterity.

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Well, as we sometimes say in Minnesota, it could've been worse.

They could've been instant mashed potatoes. Which really did spill all over a highway in England last year. The road's moisture instantly made the potato mix do its thing, leading to a slippery mess (right) the local authorities described as "a skating rink," the Independent reported.

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Plows, fire hoses, and even chemicals to freeze the goop were deployed for that mess.

Monday's impromptu spudfest on I-94 caused no injuries – except for the cuts and bruises to potatoes.

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