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Top 20 Photos Captured on Arizona's Highway Cameras in 2013

Mangoes being grilled on the Loop 202 in June.
Mangoes being grilled on the Loop 202 in June.
ADOT

In addition to providing the Arizona Department of Transportation with information about traffic conditions, the highway cameras throughout the state also capture some things you might not expect to see on the open road.

From weird weather to strange items dumped on the highway, to odd crashes, and more, check out our picks for the top 20 photos captured by the cameras this year:

(Note: Follow the Arizona Department of Transportation on Twitter to see the newest traffic photos, in almost real-time, plus other traffic updates.)

20.) Perfectly placed crash

Top 20 Photos Captured on Arizona's Highway Cameras in 2013

A lot of the good stuff happens outside the camera's view, or from afar. Not this one.

19.) Mattress

Top 20 Photos Captured on Arizona's Highway Cameras in 2013

Nap time.

 
18.) Fog

Top 20 Photos Captured on Arizona's Highway Cameras in 2013

Taken out near Winslow.

17.) Thanksgiving traffic

Top 20 Photos Captured on Arizona's Highway Cameras in 2013

Near Sky Harbor airport.

 
16.) A bit of a fire

Top 20 Photos Captured on Arizona's Highway Cameras in 2013

Fire near Loop 202 Red Mountain.

15.) Flooding

Top 20 Photos Captured on Arizona's Highway Cameras in 2013

Obviously not from a traffic camera, but that's quite some flooding off the I-17 and Greenway.

 
14.) The little car that couldn't

Top 20 Photos Captured on Arizona's Highway Cameras in 2013

Also on I-17, during the same flooding as the previous photo.

13.) Who says people in Phoenix can't drive in the rain?

Top 20 Photos Captured on Arizona's Highway Cameras in 2013

Everyone.

 
12.) Aluminum cans

Top 20 Photos Captured on Arizona's Highway Cameras in 2013

Less successful than the Seinfeld aluminum can scheme in "The Bottle Deposit."

11.) Tree in the slow lane

Top 20 Photos Captured on Arizona's Highway Cameras in 2013

If a tree falls on the Loop 101 . . .

 
10.) Dust

Top 20 Photos Captured on Arizona's Highway Cameras in 2013

I-10 and Elliot Road

9.) A bit of a lake in the tunnel

Top 20 Photos Captured on Arizona's Highway Cameras in 2013

Not a planned water feature in the I-10 tunnel.

 
8.) Red planet

Top 20 Photos Captured on Arizona's Highway Cameras in 2013

From U.S. 60 and McClintock Drive.

7.) Watermelons

Top 20 Photos Captured on Arizona's Highway Cameras in 2013

Not the ideal place to dump an 18-wheeler full o' fruit.

 
6.) Sofa

Top 20 Photos Captured on Arizona's Highway Cameras in 2013

Sofa king dangerous!

5.) Fruit fire

Mangoes being grilled on the Loop 202 in June.
Mangoes being grilled on the Loop 202 in June.
ADOT

Not only did this guy lose a load of mangoes, they're also being grilled by his truck.

 
4.) Mud

Top 20 Photos Captured on Arizona's Highway Cameras in 2013

So, Arizona's mudslides are a little milder than California's.

3.) "Snow" in Scottsdale

Top 20 Photos Captured on Arizona's Highway Cameras in 2013

This technically was "graupel," which is not snow, but looks a lot like it.

 
2.) Grill

Top 20 Photos Captured on Arizona's Highway Cameras in 2013

Just like in the commercials.

1.) Half a highway

Top 20 Photos Captured on Arizona's Highway Cameras in 2013

This wasn't captured by a highway camera, but it's by far the wildest photo from ADOT this year, taken on U.S. 89, in northern Arizona.


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