Thursday, August 07, 2008

Why did the chicken cross the road?

from The Buffalo News today...

A Canada-bound truck carrying 9,700 chickens tipped on the ramp to the northbound Niagara Thruway this afternoon, creating a fowl mess that stopped traffic.

The truck tipped as it left the Mainline Thruway to head north.

Authorities at the scene in Cheektowaga said early indications are the cause was unsafe speed or lane change; the driver suffered minor injuries.

The accident occurred at about 2:30 p.m.

Many chickens were killed in the wreck. There also was evidence of broken eggs.

The ramp from the Mainline Thruway westbound to the 190 northbound was closed during the cleanup; it was reopened by 4:10 p.m. The scene was expected to be cleaned up by 4:30 p.m.

The truck driver, Stanley P. Chesney, 47, who drives for Ontario Inc. of Walkerton, Ont., suffered abrasions on his left arm and left leg. He was taken to a local hospital.

Chesney told State Police at the scene that he was distracted while attempting to change lanes and lost control of his rig.

Several police cars and crews from the state Department of Transportation were on the scene.

Surviving chickens were to be taken to the Erie County SPCA in the Town of Tonawanda, where their conditions would be evaluated. The SPCA also was to do a count of the chickens that were killed in the accident.

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