updated 6/9/2004 9:43:18 AM ET 2004-06-09T13:43:18

A truck carrying 9,000 gallons of pig’s blood was rear-ended and spilled its entire cargo on the German autobahn Wednesday, forcing the highway to close for several hours.

The truck hauling the waste blood from the Netherlands for disposal was pulling onto the autobahn near Sittensen at about 4:15 a.m. from a rest stop when it was rear-ended by another truck, police spokesman Klaus-Dieter Kroll said.

The entire load of pigs’ blood formed a large slick that caused another truck to crash, Kroll said. The highway was closed, creating traffic jams 13 miles long on both sides.

The driver of the truck that crashed into the vehicle hauling the blood suffered minor injuries, Kroll said.

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