Before spilling chickens onto the side of Thompson Bridge Road, the driver of a chicken truck swerved to avoid a wreck with another tractor-trailer, according to Georgia State Patrol.
State patrol said Keith McDonald, 59, of Cleveland, was driving the chicken truck northbound on Thompson Bridge Road toward the intersection with Willow Oak Drive around 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22.
Willie Edwards, 37, of Ellaville, was headed the same way when he attempted to make a right turn onto Willow Oak Drive.
“Due to a tight turn, (Edwards’ tractor-trailer) left its lane of travel and crossed over the center line to be able to make a wide right turn. (McDonald’s chicken truck) continued straight in the northbound lane of Ga. 60/Thompson Bridge Road,” said state patrol Cpl. Josh Hedden.
Hedden said McDonald’s truck “swerved to the right to avoid a collision” and struck the curb.
The road was closed for roughly an hour, and neither driver was injured.
A Department of Agriculture inspector also responded to the scene.
Dozens of chickens were killed in the wreck, while some surviving birds walked around in the grass near the Cherokee Forrest subdivision’s entrance.
Edwards was cited for making an improper turn.