A collision between a train and a tractor-trailer in Newport, Tennessee, resulted in the spillage of thousands of pounds of Tyson Foods frozen chicken products on August 3.
The intersection of Woodlawn and Main in Newport was temporarily closed as a result of the accident, but later that day, the Cocke County Emergency Management Agency, posted on its Facebook page that it reopened several hours later. The tractor-trailer was hauling the Tyson Foods goods, which amounted to about 39,000 pounds of chicken products, according to a report on the ABC7Chicago website.
No injuries were caused by the accident.
Officers were on the scene to assure that nobody came to the site to take any of the chicken products, according to the ABC7Chicago report. One Facebook user, in a comment on Cocke County Emergency Management Agency’s post, posted a picture of a box of Tyson Breaded Chicken Breast Chunks, stating that she was “thankful for my free box,” and that no one was hurt.
Tyson Foods, which on August 6 reported the financial results of the third quarter of fiscal year 2018, is the largest broiler company in the United States, and second largest in the world, according to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database. It processed 174.8 million pounds of ready-to-cook chicken on a weekly basis in 2017. That number is expected to climb, because in June Tyson Foods announced that it had acquired Tecumseh Poultry, also known as MBA Poultry, which is the 26th largest broiler company in the United States and processed 2.62 million pounds of ready-to-cook chicken on a weekly basis, also in 2017.
Tyson Foods is also a major processor of turkey, pork and beef products.