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Thousands of chickens killed in NSW truck accident
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2014, 01:12:31 PM »
 Thousands of chickens killed in NSW truck accident

 ABC Rural  Lisa Herbert, Catherine Clifford and Kelly Fuller


  Chickens killed in truck rollover height=467 Photo: An estimated 2,500 meat chickens have been killed in a truck accident in northern NSW (Lisa Herbert)   

Truck crash kills chickens height=227 Photo: An estimated 2,500 chickens have died in a truck crash near Tamworth in northern NSW (Lisa Herbert)     

Thousands of dead and dying chickens have been removed from a truck accident site, near Tamworth in northern NSW, after a semi trailer transporting them crashed in the early hours of this morning.

The accident happened on Manilla Road when the truck, with two trailers, veered off the road and rolled down a steep embankment.

It's estimated that the truck was carrying more than 5,500 broiler chickens to a nearby Baiada processing facility.

Police say half of those chickens were either killed in the accident or euthanased soon after.

The live birds been since been transported to a processor. Deceased birds were transported to a secondary processor.

Inspector Kylie Endemi, from NSW Police, says the truck's driver was transported to Tamworth Base Hospital suffering back injuries.

"We believe those to be minor injuries."

The cause of the accident isn't known and investigations are underway.

Inspector Endemi says there are no biosecurity concerns as a result of the accident.

"Obviously that was a consideration of ours, but that's been ruled out."