18,000kgs of avocados destroyed in Texas truck smash

Firefighters cleaning up the avocados after the crash.
Firefighters cleaning up after the crash. Photo credit: WFAA

A fiery crash in the US has destroyed enough avocados to put a deposit on an Aucklander's first home. 

About 18,000kg of avocados were thrown across a Texas highway on Friday (local time) after the truck carrying the produce crashed and caught fire, ABC News reports.

The crash happened on Thursday (local time) on a southbound lane of Interstate 35E near Forreston, US broadcaster WFAA reports. 

Firefighters were called to hose down the 18-wheel big rig, as it went up in flames. The crates of destroyed produce were said to be worth about NZD$70,000.

Traffic was backed up on the highway for several hours. 

The cause of the accident has yet to be confirmed. Nobody was injured in the incident, except the tragic loss of life of many avocados. 

There's no word yet on whether there will be a guacamole shortage as a result of crash.