More than 3 tonnes of reeking animal carcasses spill after truck crashes on Norfolk road
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An estimated three tonnes of animal carcasses were scattered, police say, across a road near Port Dover, south of Hamilton, leaving a reeking mess.
A front-end loader was called out to St. John's Road East around 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk said, after a truck heading west careened into the ditch, tossing its load of mixed animal remains,
"It was a mess," he said. "I could've swore I saw some chickens in there, some cows, sheep. You name it, it was in there."
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The Norfolk County Fire Authority was called in to spray down the road, because officials were worried the carcasses could attract other animals, which would cause more collisions.
A 36-year-old Exeter man who was driving the truck was taken to hospital with minor injuries. Police are continuing to investigate the crash.
The road was finally cleared between 9 and 10 p.m., said Sanchuk, who added the stench after the crash is going to stick with him for a while.
"It was a very, very potent smell and it's something... you never want to smell in your life."
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