Thousands of commuters in the Seattle area were stranded on 1-5 freeway for hours after a propane tanker crashed on Monday morning at around 10 a.m. While stuck in the middle of this epic gridlock, the operators of the Tacos El Tajin truck saw an opportunity to relieve some of the tension on the road and make some extra coin by firing up the flattop and opening the window for business. Owner Thomas Lopez tells the Seattle Times: “We are ready to serve food, everywhere.”
One of the commuters, Rachael McQuade, explains how she discovered the truck was open for business: “I got out and was walking around, and I see this lady walking back to her car with a to-go box... What do you do in a time like that? You got to make the best of it, right?” Here’s a video McQuade took of the scene surrounding the truck:
And here’s another photo of the truck in full swing:
Things got moving in both directions of the freeway around 6:30 p.m. Tacos El Tajin surely made some customers for life that afternoon.
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