Truck loses crates of live chickens on I-78 near Krumsville

Some birds survived fall from truck onto highway

GREENWICH TWP., Pa. - Drivers on a stretch of Interstate 78 in Berks County found themselves navigating their way through quite a mess Monday morning.

An eastbound truck lost more than a dozen crates of live chickens as it neared the Krumsville interchange in Greenwich Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The more than 100 birds that survived their fall onto the highway and avoided being hit by passing vehicles were taken by Humane Pennsylvania's Berks County Animal Response Team (Berks CART).

"We were able to bring 119 back to the shelter [in Reading], to be brought back here, but unfortunately, eight of them we were not able to save," explained Damon March, chief operating officer of Humane Pennsylvania. "Four of them died in transport and four had to be euthanized because they had horrific injuries."

The rescued chickens are being evaluated and provided with medical care.

"Chickens aren't normally the type of animals that the vets at Humane Pennsylvania deal with, so we'll do our best to treat those injuries and make the chickens has comfortable as possible," March said.

Those chickens that did not survive on the scene were removed by PennDOT.

Police did not provide any information about the truck involved in the mishap or where it was traveling to or from.

"Over the next couple of days, we are gonna have to figure out where these chickens are going to go from here, because it's going to be very difficult, in my experience, identifying the company of the truck that the chickens fell off of," March said.

The Humane Society and its animal response team said they hope to provide a more improved response to incidents like this in the future, thanks to a recent grant of more than $3 million from the Giorgi Family Foundation.

Humane Pennsylvania said it is also looking for more volunteers to help with the Berks County Animal Rescue Team.

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