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Tons of tomatoes spill onto I-75 onramp

EAST MANATEE -- Tons of green tomatoes spilled onto the Interstate 75 north-bound onramp at State Road 64 this morning.

Manatee County sheriffs deputies closed the ramp to traffic while firefighters from East Manatee Fire Rescue shoveled smashed fruit off the roadway.

Neither the tractor nor the flatbed trailer it was hauling turned over during the accident, but boxes of fruit were spilled onto the roadway.

There were no injuries.

"This is nothing new," a member of the East Manatee Fire Rescue District said of the cleanup. "At least it's not sand."

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