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This Month In Overturned Trucks is The Takeout’s monthly roundup of overturned trucks spilling shit over public roadways.


Chicken: A truck carrying packaged chicken from the Tyson Factory in Shelbyville, Tennessee, tipped over July 12, not soon after leaving the plant’s grounds. The Shelbyville Times-Gazette reports the fate of the chicken was not immediately known.

More chickens: Clean-up efforts slowed Highway 16 traffic near Carthage, Mississippi as crews worked to corral chickens loosed after the truck transporting them overturned July 16. WAPT estimates approximately 4,000 chickens were affected; a representative from PECO Foods states that damaged birds would be euthanized in a humane manner.

Corn syrup: Traffic was rerouted around the sticky situation on Interstate 22 in Tupelo, Mississippi, where an 18-wheeler spilled its corn-syrup contents July 18. Clean-up efforts lasted until the early hours of July 19, WTVA reports.

House: Storms brought high winds to the Dentox, Texas area on July 12, causing a truck transporting a mobile home to overturn on Interstate 35 West. According to the Denton-Record Chronicle, the home landed on its roof after detaching from the trailer. The Wicked Witch Of The West declined comment.

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Pigs: Dozens of animals were killed July 23 when a truck carrying nearly 1,000 pigs overturned near Louisville, Mississippi. The Associated Press states local volunteer fire fighters sprayed water on the animals to keep the remaining swine cool inside the truck as rescue efforts got underway.

Pigs, again: Crews created a make-shift pen out of traffic cones and netting as they struggled to corral approximately 90 pigs loosed from a crashed truck near Mankato, Minnesota on July 18. Mankato Free Press photos show pigs roaming across the Highway 169 median and wallowing in roadside mud. “They don’t respond to yelling,” Minnesota Department Of Transportation maintenance supervisor Tony DeSantiago told the paper. “You just have to keep nudging them along.”

Tar: Potentially hazardous tar spilled from a truck that crashed July 17 in Helderkruin, South Africa. The Roodeport Record reports the driver apparently failed to stop at an intersection and then lost control of the vehicle. The driver was nowhere to be found following the accident.

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