17:57 Friday 18 October 2013

Lorry crash leads to death of 130 turkeys and 10-hour salvage op

Written byMARK MCKAY

A spokesman from the Faccenda Group, which includes Cranberry Foods Limited, told the Mail: “Our first point of call was the driver’s safety and the welfare of the animals.

“I know there were no fatalities in the first few modules but unfortunately and regrettably 130 had to be culled.

“The rest of the birds have been transported to the processing plant at Scropton.”

Philip Shipton, proprietor of Shipton’s Recovery Service, said the firm used a heavy recovery underlift as well a forklife truck to right the stricken vehicle.

He said: “Everything went according to plan but with these jobs they can be long, drawn out and protracted because the welfare of the turkeys took precedence.”

Yesterday, onlookers crowded on the footbridge overlooking the Stapenhill Gardens for a grandstand view of the drama while police cordoned off the roundabout’s Stapenhill Road exit.

Onlooker Claire Feltham, 40, of Stapenhill, told the Mail: “It’s very lucky that nobody was on the path.

“I think the officers have done really well to keep the traffic flowing especially because it was during the rush hour.

“I don’t know how the driver managed to get out because it looked like an uphill struggle out of the cab.”

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