The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals responded to a Virginia truck accident on Wednesday morning, April 24, to rescue a load of almost one thousand turkeys that were involved in the crash.
According to local news sources, the commercial tractor-trailer accident took place in Henry County, Virginia, at around 7 a.m. on Wednesday along Route 220, near the intersection of Murray Hill Road (Route 669). The truck was traveling south along the highway when it lost control and ran off of the left side of the road, rolling over in the grassy median between lanes.
The truck driver told authorities that he was approaching the curves in the road near Bassett Forks when he had trouble controlling his speed relative to the vehicles around him. The man, who was not identified, was not injured in the crash. He has not yet been cited in connection with the accident. He was carrying approximately 960 turkeys from Monroe, North Carolina to Harrisonburg, Virginia.
The semi truck crash closed one lane of traffic on Route 220 for several hours. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) urged drivers in the area to use caution until the wreck was cleared from the road. VDOT crews worked with animal safety advocates to clean up the area and collect evidence regarding the crash. The truck accident is still under investigation.
Because of their weight and size, commercial tractor-trailers have a more difficult time stopping, slowing, and navigating curves. This can be especially dangerous when large trucks are surrounded with smaller vehicles and forced to move with the flow of traffic.
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