‘Evergreen’ truck goes viral after blocking motorway just like Suez Canal ship

Less than a week after a giant ship with the word 'Evergreen' painted on its side got wedged in the Suez Canal, spawning a million memes, a container lorry with a remarkably similar look got itself stuck sideways across a motorway in Nanjing, China.

The embarrassing mishap occurred on the Changchun-Shenzhen Expressway, a major highway connecting the industrial hubs of Changchun, Jilin, China, and Shenzhen, Guangdong.

In the picture, the truck appears to have collided with another vehicle before jackknifing across multiple lanes and coming to rest at an angle that’s uncannily reminiscent of the awkward Suez situation.

But that may be where the similarities end it seems.

While the 221,000 ton Ever Given is operated by the Evergreen shipping line, the company doesn’t have a road transport division and the name is just a coincidence.

But the extraordinary picture is providing endless amusement on Chinese social media, with commenters on Weibo sharing and resharing the photos of both truck and ship with comments on how consistent the Evergreen brand is.

Latest reports from Suez suggest that the Ever Given has been partially freed from its predicament but there’s still a long way to go.

Lieutenant. General Ossama Rabei, head of the Sue Canal Authority, has vowed that the organisation "will not spare any efforts to ensure the restoration of navigation and to serve the movement of global trade".

While initial reports suggested that the ship had fallen foul of high winds and a dust storm, Lt. Gen. Ossama Rabei has added that weather conditions were "not the main reasons" for the ship's grounding, telling reporters: "There may have been technical or human errors… All of these factors will become apparent in the investigation."

The Suez Canal is a vital waterway for world commerce, acting as a vital link between Europe and China. When the Suez Canal was opened at the end of the 1860s it reduced the lengths of voyages between Asia and Europe by some 43%.

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