Traffic along U.S. Route 70 in Clayton, N.C., was impeded earlier this week as crews attempted to clean up after a big rig hauling spirits flipped onto its side.

The early-morning crash sent displaced 17 pallets of vodka weighing more than 40,000 pounds, according to city officials.

When initial attempts to flip the trailer back into an upright position failed, its haul had to be unloaded by hand.