Red alert: Lorry carrying over 20 tonnes of ketchup crashes, spilling sauce all over road
The UK's A580 - known locally as the East Lancs Road - connecting Liverpool to Manchester was shut westbound after the HGV carrying around 22 tonnes of ketchup overturned during the early hours.
Commuters faced long delays during the morning rush hour as emergency workers righted the lorry and cleaned the carriageway.
Greater Manchester Police took to Twitter to post a picture of the incident.
A580 East Lancs closed from higher green lane to greyhound roundabout w/b HGV overturned will be closed beyond 7am pic.twitter.com/pKcLLl86e9— GMP Traffic (@gmptraffic) November 26, 2015
The force tweeted: "The HGV on the w/b East Lancs has been righted we are just cleaning up the ketchup that is all over the road before it can be reopened."
After the clean-up operation the road reopened at around 8.30am.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue said they were called to the scene at 12.07am to assist but the driver had got out of the lorry safely.