Dough! Truck carrying 50,000 pounds of cookie batter overturns near Cajon Pass

Caltrans crews help clean up hundreds of boxes of cookie dough alongside the Cajon Pass on Thursday.
Caltrans crews help clean up the dozens of boxes of cookie dough alongside the Cajon Pass on Thursday.

It would be enough to make the Cookie Monster weep.

A semitruck hauling hundreds of boxes of cookie dough overturned Thursday morning on the 15 Freeway near the Cajon Pass, sending sweet stuff tumbling into the brush.

“There was a lot in that truck,” Caltrans spokesperson Emily Leinen said.

California Highway Patrol Officer Michael Tovsen said the driver estimated the load was 50,000 pounds.


As the driver was traveling south on the 15, the truck veered to the right, though it was unclear why, Tovsen said. The truck was later found to be “in good working order” with no mechanical issues, he said.

“[The truck] collided with the guardrail, slid all the way down the guardrail until it ended,” Tovsen said. The vehicle then careened down the embankment, where it flipped onto its side.

A co-driver was sleeping in the truck’s berth at the time of the crash, Tovsen said.


Leinen said the driver and the other person in the truck both suffered minor injuries and were taken to a hospital.

The crash backed up traffic for nearly 10 miles as Caltrans crews removed the spilled load and repaired the metal beams along the freeway and the truck was towed from the overpass.