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The accident caused an eight kilometre (five mile) long traffic jam and closed down the motorway for more than half a day.
The accident, which lightly injured two people and was first reported by the Vinci construction company, occurred at about 4:00 am on the A10 motorway in the Chateau-Renault region, about 200 kilometres (124 miles) southwest of Paris, emergency services said.
But it wasn't until around 5:00 pm that authorities could finally clear enough of the tinned food litter to open one of the motorway's three lanes.
A second lane was freed about an hour and a half later, while the third remained closed Friday evening.
The A10 is the French gateway to popular weekend destinations Tours in central western France and Bordeaux, the port city of the famed wine-growing region farther to the south.