SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – An accident that spilled loaves of bread across a popular metro Detroit freeway caused a multi-mile backup just as the morning rush was getting underway Tuesday.

The accident involved a Zingerman’s Deli bread truck in the ditch along eastbound I-696 at Telegraph Road. Loaves of bread were scattered around the crash scene.

“The box truck left the freeway, jumped the guardrail and ended up on its side down in the ditch,” WWJ’s Bill Szumanski reported from above the scene in Chopper 950.

Kevin Lowe was called to the scene to help clean up the mess.

“Obviously, the driver fell asleep at the wheel and went off the road and flipped it in the ditch,” Lowe told WWJ’s Charlie Langton. “There’s a lot of bread out here. He was on his way to make a delivery but he’s not going to make it. But, he is able to walk away and that’s all, I guess, is the best thing right now.”

No injuries were reported.

The accident left just one lane open to traffic, causing a multi-mile backup that stretched back to the I-275 interchange. The freeway has since reopened.

Police say the accident remains under investigation.

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