Tractor Trailer overturns on the I-40-I-24 Split….. Hauling Turkeys!

The WC DART Team was called by the TN Department of Agriculture to assist with 500 Turkeys being hauled in an overturned Tractor Trailer. The Turkeys were removed from the accident site by Metro Animal Control Officers, TN Dept. of Ag staff and EMA. The Turkeys were brought to Metro Animal Care and Control. Wilson Co DART assisted the staff unloading the Turkeys into the Shelter awaiting Transport back to the Turkey Farm…..and again loading the Turkeys into the Transport Semi.

Adrienne and Kim came up with a “Fireman’s Sling” to carry the Turkeys ! Which made carrying the 50 lb birds safer and easier for all involved plus expedited the loading of the birds!

Metro Animal Control did an exceptional job helping the Turkeys!

Thank you to ALL the WC DART Volunteers who assisted with this operation !

3 responses to “Tractor Trailer overturns on the I-40-I-24 Split….. Hauling Turkeys!

  1. Awesome job. Do you have any pictures of the sling?

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  2. Great and. Would you please describe the fireman sling that was used. Any chance you might have a picture of it? Thank you, Brenda Payne Marion County Disaster Animal Response Team

    On Thu, Feb 4, 2021, 11:14 AM Wilson County Disaster Animal Response Team wrote:

    > Julie K Hutchison posted: ” The WC DART Team was called by the TN > Department of Agriculture to assist with 500 Turkeys being hauled in an > overturned Tractor Trailer. The Turkeys were removed from the accident site > by Metro Animal Control Officers, TN Dept. of Ag staff and EMA. The ” >

    • Julie K Hutchison

      Hi Brenda, So sorry I missed seeing your message until right now! The “Fireman’s Sling” used to transport the Turkeys, was a blanket or large beach towel placed under each bird, and the ends of the blanket were pulled up around the bird and held in place by 2 volunteers- one on either side of the bird, holding the sling together. The birds were 50+ pounds, 2 volunteers could move them quicker in a sling than 1 volunteer trying to carry 1 bird. The slings kept wings inside, and seemed to be the safest and most efficient way to move them.

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