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Woman killed by chicken crates
Times Live ^ | Feb 17, 2010 | Sapa

Posted on 02/17/2010 6:40:45 AM PST by Willie Green

A 23-year-old woman died when a truck trailer detached, throwing 10 tons of live chickens in crates on top of her, Krugersdorp police said today.

The truck belonging to Early Bird was travelling on the R563 between Krugersdorp and Hekpoort when the accident happened at 10am on Tuesday, said Inspector Dennis Jones.

"A bakkie that was driving in front of the truck was about to turn left but allegedly failed to indicate, causing the truck to swerve to the right as it was too late to slow down," said Jones.

As the truck returned to its lane, its trailer detached and some crates fell on the woman walking on the pavement.

She was from Polokwane.

Jones denied earlier reports that the accident was due to road rage.

"Police officers who were at the scene said there was no incident of road rage reported in relation to the accident," he said.

Some chickens died instantly, while others had to be put down on the scene to prevent further suffering.

News24 reported on Wednesday that Early Bird's Barend Vorster said the truck had been on its way from the company farm in Hekpoort to the main plant in Olifantsfontein near Midrand.

He estimated the damage to be about R100,000.


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Travel; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: poultry

1 posted on 02/17/2010 6:40:45 AM PST by Willie Green
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To: Willie Green

That clucks.


2 posted on 02/17/2010 6:42:14 AM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Willie Green
He estimated the damage to be about R100,000.

How much of that was due to the woman and how much was the chickens?

3 posted on 02/17/2010 6:48:48 AM PST by Onelifetogive (Flame away...)
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To: Willie Green

That’s not how you’re supposed to play Chicken.


4 posted on 02/17/2010 6:49:07 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (I was born in America, but now I live in Declinistan.)
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To: Lurker

Notice ... the coverage given to the state of the chickens. God help us if they die unhumanely while the poor lady is under ten tons of feathers, beaks and very quickly laid eggs.


5 posted on 02/17/2010 6:49:54 AM PST by rayincolorado ("Those who forget the past, are condemned to repeat it ...")
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To: Willie Green

Sad for the woman and her family.

Wringing their necks or chopping their heads off, but who ever thought they’d read that chickens had to be put down.


6 posted on 02/17/2010 6:50:23 AM PST by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: rayincolorado
Reminded me of this Far Side cartoon:


7 posted on 02/17/2010 6:51:12 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Willie Green

I am sorry for the woman and her friends and family.

Though the story did remind me a bit of C.W. McCall’s song _Wolf Creek Pass_.


8 posted on 02/17/2010 6:52:00 AM PST by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Willie Green
No good ever comes from Polokwane.
9 posted on 02/17/2010 7:04:33 AM PST by BigCinBigD (")
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To: mhking

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Just d@mn!


10 posted on 02/17/2010 7:09:31 AM PST by Touch Not the Cat
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To: Willie Green
"A bakkie that was driving in front of the truck ..."

English is a wonderful language but it does have colloquial variants. Since the article had "He estimated the damage to be about R100,000.", I presume that this happened in South Africa where they use the RAND as the unit of currency.

Anybody care to guess what a 'bakkie' is, other than a vehicle on the road?

11 posted on 02/17/2010 7:11:26 AM PST by SES1066 (Cycling to conserve, Conservative to save, Saving to Retire, will Retire to Cycle.)
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To: SES1066

pickup truck


12 posted on 02/17/2010 7:13:49 AM PST by kanawa
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To: Willie Green
It could have been worse...........much worse...........


13 posted on 02/17/2010 7:27:15 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Willie Green

As God is my witness, I thought chickens could fly.


14 posted on 02/17/2010 7:35:08 AM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?)...R.I.P.)
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To: Willie Green

Ghost chickens in the sky....


15 posted on 02/17/2010 7:39:13 AM PST by laker_dad
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To: Daffynition
It could have been worse...........much worse...........


Oh the humanity...

16 posted on 02/17/2010 7:40:16 AM PST by Willie Green
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To: Willie Green
I did manage to find some spilled chickens ....


17 posted on 02/17/2010 7:45:13 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Willie Green

RIP.


18 posted on 02/17/2010 7:52:09 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: kanawa
pickup truck

You got it - think a very light pickup like a Ford Ranger.

19 posted on 02/17/2010 8:06:47 AM PST by SES1066 (Cycling to conserve, Conservative to save, Saving to Retire, will Retire to Cycle.)
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To: SES1066

bttt


20 posted on 02/17/2010 8:07:48 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: Willie Green

Walking anywhere near a public thoroughfare can be very dangerous. It is hard to make light of such a tragic ending, well, for me anyway.


21 posted on 02/17/2010 9:30:26 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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