Truck hauling chickens for Amick Farms catches fire

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Maryland State Police says.

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A truck that caught fire along U.S. 50 in Hebron, Maryland, was hauling poultry for Amick Farms.
A truck that caught fire along U.S. 50 in Hebron, Maryland, was hauling poultry for Amick Farms.
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A truck hauling live chickens for Amick Farms caught fire while driving down U.S. 50 in Hebron, Maryland.

Maryland State Police (MSP) troopers responded to the incident shortly before 2:30 p.m. on July 18 after receiving a report of a vehicle fire.

According to a statement emailed to WATT Global Media from the MSP, a preliminary investigation showed that the driver was traveling west on U.S. 50, when for reasons unknown, smoke started to come from the tractor-trailer. The driver, whose name was not released, pulled over onto the shoulder, and at that time, he started to see flames.

The driver used a fire extinguisher, but he was unsuccessful in putting out the fire.

Authorities with the MSP and the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration closed the westbound lanes of the highway for more than two hours, and during that time, westbound traffic was detoured to Old Railroad Road in Hebron.

Emergency crews with the Hebron, Mardela Springs and Salisbury fire departments responded to the situation, and the fire was out by the time the Salisbury HazMat unit arrived on the scene. Also responding to the incident were representatives from Amick Farms and the Maryland Department of the Environment.

The driver was not injured. MSP did not include in its report information concerning how many chickens were on the truck or the fate of those chickens, but WBOC reported that “some perished in the blaze.”

The fire was one of two unfortunate incidents involving Amick Farms to occur on that day. In Delmar, a man was injured after falling from an Amick grain silo in Delmar, Delaware.

Amick Farms, according to the Top Poultry Companies Database, is the tenth largest broiler producer in the United States, having processed 30 million pounds of ready-to-cook chicken on a weekly basis during the past year. It is a subsidiary of OSI Group, which also operates Australia’s Turosi and China’s Otto & Sons Weihai.

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