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Hawkins road closed six hours due to 25-ton chicken feed spill

Jeff Bobo • Updated Nov 30, 2016 at 12:20 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Stanley Valley Road near Rogersville was closed for more than six hours Wednesday morning when a tractor-trailer tipped on its side in front of Couch’s Greenhouse, spilling nearly 25 tons of chicken feed.

The accident occurred shortly after 4 a.m. as the truck was en route to deliver a load of feed to a local chicken farmer.

Stanley Valley Volunteer Fire Department Lt. Chris Vaughan said it appeared that the truck drove off the roadway, and when the driver attempted to get back on the road, the truck tipped over on its side.

The driver wasn’t injured.

Stanley Valley Road was closed between Highway 11-W and Blevins Road between 4:11 a.m. and 10:24 a.m.

Vaughan said it took so long to reopen the road because the large tow truck needed to haul away the tractor--trailer had to come from Kentucky.

Vaughan noted that a heavy downpour that arrived shortly after the chicken feed spill didn’t help matters.

“They had to scoop up the chicken feed and put it into a dump truck, and then it had to be transported away, because it was hazardous waste due to being mixed with spilled diesel fuel,” Vaughan said. “Then the storm came through, and that’s what made it harder when that chicken feed got wet.”

The exact amount of chicken feed the truck was hauling was reported at 48,900 pounds.                                                                                                           

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