But by the time firefighters arrived, the tractor-trailer and its contents were already ablaze. Painful pictures from the scene show the surviving toilet tissue strewn across the motorway.
The crash could not have happened at a worse time, as the country battles the outbreak of novel coronavirus -- and with it a desperate dearth of toilet rolls on supermarket shelves.
Crash spills toilet paper across I-20 in South Dallas. A semi heading to San Antonio from Alabama rolls over catching fire. Avoid I-20 westbound at I-45 if possible. It will take crews a few hours to clean up the paper mess. No one was hurt in the crash. pic.twitter.com/1jtr1BNRwO
As the first reports of COVID-19 began to emerge and lockdown orders brewed, panic buying caused shoppers to stock up on months' supplies of toilet paper; even as essentials like eggs and milk begin to refill in stores, the bathroom essential remains scarce.