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Thousands of bottles of whiskey spill onto Missouri highway after truck overturns

Written by on July 26, 2020

A trunk hauling crates of whiskey through Missouri spilled thousands of bottles onto a highway after overturning early Wednesday.

The truck was carrying 40,000 pounds – about 12,000 bottles – of Templeton Rye whiskey when it rolled around 5 a.m. on U.S. Highway 71 near the Arkansas border, KODE-TV first reported.

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No one was injured. However, photos of the wreckage showed a shredded tractor trailer. Thousands of bottles of the 80 proof spirit were broken and strewn across the highway and in a nearby ditch.

Broken bottles of whiskey lay across the highway and scattered into a nearby ditch.

Broken bottles of whiskey lay across the highway and scattered into a nearby ditch. (White Rock Fire District)

“It makes you wonder what else can go wrong in 2020,” Templeton Rye co-founder Keith Kerkhoff told the Springfield News-Leader. “Thank God, nobody got hurt.”

The four-year-old whiskey was being shipped from a distributor in Templeton, Iowa, Kevin Boersma, Templeton Rye’s processing manager, told the paper.

The shipment, which had a retail value over $325,000, was considered a total loss, along with the truck and trailer, Kerkhoff and Boersma said.

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While pictures and video from the scene showed some cases may not have been damaged, it remained unclear whether any of the whiskey was salvaged.

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