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10 Weird Things That Have Ruined Your Commute Around Phoenix This Year

A couch in the HOV lane at Loop 101 and Thomas Road.
A couch in the HOV lane at Loop 101 and Thomas Road.
ADOT

Aside from the clueless driving that ruins the commute for the rest of us every single day, highway backups are sometimes caused by some weird things.

Unfortunately, some of these weird things aren't captured on the Arizona Department of Transportation's highway cameras -- like recent episodes of goats and a hot tub on the highway -- but many things are. ADOT posts a lot of those photos to its Twitter account, and take a look at 10 weird things its cameras have documented in just the past few months:

10.) Fire

10 Weird Things That Have Ruined Your Commute Around Phoenix This Year

Flaming cars aren't really that rare on Valley highways.

9.) Smoke

10 Weird Things That Have Ruined Your Commute Around Phoenix This Year

Ah, yes, fire's counterpart. This looks safe.

8.) Dust

10 Weird Things That Have Ruined Your Commute Around Phoenix This Year

If you've lived in the Valley for any time at all, you've seen this one.

7.) A Grill

10 Weird Things That Have Ruined Your Commute Around Phoenix This Year

Grills are very good devices for cooking red meat.

 
6.) Mangoes

10 Weird Things That Have Ruined Your Commute Around Phoenix This Year

Mangoes -- also, a flaming mango truck.

5.) Winter Wonderland

10 Weird Things That Have Ruined Your Commute Around Phoenix This Year

It wasn't even snow. It was "graupel."

4.) A Sofa

A couch in the HOV lane at Loop 101 and Thomas Road.
A couch in the HOV lane at Loop 101 and Thomas Road.
ADOT

Good for naps, bad for highways.

 
3.) Fruit Salad

10 Weird Things That Have Ruined Your Commute Around Phoenix This Year

Not only was this a fruit salad spill, but it was a rotten fruit salad spill, that completed screwed up Interstate 10. ADOT's blog has a good explanation of the whole thing.

2.) Half of a Honda Civic

10 Weird Things That Have Ruined Your Commute Around Phoenix This Year

If this one ruined your day, your day was still a lot better than the new owner of half a Honda.

1.) Half of a Highway

10 Weird Things That Have Ruined Your Commute Around Phoenix This Year

This didn't happen around Phoenix, but damn. A 23-mile stretch of US 89 is still closed south of Page due to this, which was caused by a landslide.

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Follow Matthew Hendley on Twitter at @MatthewHendley.


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