Lonely Planet Writer

An enterprising Seattle taco truck opens for fellow motorists when they all get stuck in traffic

Benjamin Franklin said that out of adversity comes opportunity, which was the case when an incident on the I-5 in Seattle caused it to be closed for hours.

A taco truck opened for business during a traffic jam. Image: Lauri Patterson
A taco truck opened for business during a traffic jam. Image: Lauri Patterson

taco truck that was stuck in the traffic jam decided to open for business, which was great news for the hungry drivers and passengers trapped nearby in stationary vehicles.

Footage captured by other motorists shows people flocking to the Tacos El Tajin truck, which is owned and run by Thomas Lopez.

Thomas and his employees were heading to serve lunch downtown when the tanker crashed,so they decided to open for business where they were.

A taco truck opened for business during a traffic jam. Image: Luba/Getty Images
A taco truck opened for business during a traffic jam. Image: Luba/Getty Images

The incident was caused when a tanker carrying butane overturned at 10am Monday, which led to the road being closed until 6.30pm.

As butane is a highly flammable liquid compound that is used inside your standard lighter, extra precautions had to be taken which is what led to the huge tailback.

Motorists in the southbound lanes of the highway were trapped in their cars for over three hours and the motorway remained closed for over eight hours.

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