Turkey-truck trouble triggers traffic turmoil

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

A tractor-trailer transporting a load of live turkeys overturned on Highway 412 in southern Carroll County early Wednesday morning, causing a few traffic problems.

According to officials with the South Carroll County Fire Department, the accident, which happened near Dry Fork, occurred at approximately 1:40 a.m.

On their arrival, firefighters found the truck on its side and the trailer hanging off the side of the road on the westbound side.

“It was hung up on the guardrail,” said Capt. Greg Lentz, whose crews worked the scene for several hours. “The trailer portion was off on the other side. It wasn’t blocking traffic.”

After assessing the scene, emergency crews discovered the driver still trapped in the cab and began working to free him.

“We used just about all of our extrication tools,” Lentz said. “We have a [Jaws of Life], a spreader, a ramp set, some cutting equipment — we used the majority of it to try to free him.”

The driver, who suffered what Lentz described as “not life-threatening injuries,” was transported by ambulance to a hospital for treatment.

“He was very calm, very responsive,” Lentz said. “He just went for a whale of a ride and was crammed in that tight space for a while.”

Afterward, crews began to work on righting the truck and trailer to fully clear the road without shutting down traffic.

“Traffic was not blocked,” Lentz said. “We would stop traffic when we moved a wrecker from side to side and limit it to a lane, but it wasn’t shut down. We left at about 5:30 a.m., and at that point the tractor was off on the side of the road. Shortly after 5 a.m., both lanes were running.”

The turkeys that survived the incident and were still in their cages, destined for a Butterball facility, were loaded onto a new truck at the scene and continued their journey.

“There were some that were out on the scene,” Lentz said. “I wasn’t paying a lot of attention to the turkeys, but there were, I don’t know, half a dozen that I remember being down by the field or by the trailer.”

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