2,000 Chickens Won’t Make It To Dinner Table After Trucker’s “Failure To Maintain Control”
Fayette County, Iowa – A truck driver was cited for failure to maintain control after he overturned his rig leading to the deaths of more than 2,000 chickens on Tuesday along Highway 18.
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office said 44-year-old truck driver, Tony Ray Raske, was operating a Red 2012 International semi and hauling a 2017 Load King trailer full of 5,000 chickens along westbound Highway 18 at approximately 1:37 a.m. when he lost control.
Investigators said the truck and trailer overturned and came to rest in the south side ditch.
Raske and a child passenger received only minor injuries and were released on scene.
However, the load of more than 5,000 chickens Raske was hauling was not so fortunate.
Authorities said more than 2,000 of the chickens died.
The remaining chickens were loaded into another tractor-trailer .
Raske’s rig was deemed a “total loss” by officials.
No reason was given for what might have led to Raske’s failure to maintain control.