A tractor-trailer hauling a load of Wayne Farms chicken products was involved in a New Year’s Day accident in Dobson, North Carolina.
According to a report from The Mount Airy News, the truck had left the Wayne Farms facility with a full load of fresh chicken breasts, when the vehicle left the roadway, struck a utility pole and flipped over on its side. The accident occurred around 10:35 a.m.
The driver, whose identity has not yet been released, appeared to have suffered some sort of undisclosed medical situation which caused the accident. The driver was transported to a nearby hospital via ambulance.
Several homes in the vicinity lost power as a result of the utility pole being knocked down.
The tractor-trailer was hauling about 41,000 pounds of chicken breast products. The entire load was destroyed due to possible contamination and food safety risks.
Wayne Farms, according to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database, produced 47.22 million pounds of ready-to-cook chicken on a weekly basis in 2016. It is the sixth largest broiler producer in the United States.