(CNN) - Commuters in Kansas City, Missouri, face road closures, construction and accidents regularly, but they encountered a new hurdle Thursday morning: a massive pile of pig intestines.
Nearly all lanes of Interstate 670 near downtown were closed after a semi lost its load of intestines, which appeared in piles and smeared into the asphalt for about 50 yards.
But it was the smell, commuters said, that was the real problem.
"It stinks so bad and I almost threw up in my car," one man who drove past tweeted to CNN affiliate KMBC.
Kansas City police advised, "Hold your noses, and avoid the area for now." Officials deployed snowplows, a Bobcat and loads of powdered soap as they attempted to clean up the mess, which they hoped would be cleared by noon local time.
In the meantime, the Kansas City office of Missouri's Department of Transportation joked that people should "find an alternative snout" to avoid the "pork predicament."