City crews tasked to clean up the remnants of an afternoon mishap in South Surrey Monday were likely thankful the assignment came on a relatively cool day.
Police say a close call between a car backing out of a driveway in the 3100-block of 192 Street and a truck swerving to avoid it resulted in several large containers of “chicken and duck parts and blood” being dumped on the roadway.
City of Surrey operations manager Gerry McKinnon said the incident occurred as a “farmer (was) moving some chicken waste in four 100-gallon barrels from one side of the road to the other.”
“When he dodged (the reversing car), they fell off and made it one heck of a mess.”
The thoroughfare was closed between 28 and 32 Avenues for four hours after Surrey fire crews deemed the high-fat-content debris a safety hazard.
Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet said the incident occurred just after 4 p.m. Oct. 21.
The 61-year-old truck driver, a Chilliwack resident, told police he was northbound on 192 Street when a car backed into the path of his Chevrolet Silverado from a driveway. While a collision was avoided, the evasive maneuver caused the containers of fowl pieces to tumble.
Once the debris was cleared, city crews rinsed and decontaminated the road.
Paquet said charges are not being considered.
The farmer will, however, be billed for the cleanup, McKinnon said. He does not yet know how much the tab will be, but did say it was “the first time ever” that a clean-up effort involved chicken parts.
Not long after the icky incident was cleaned up, a crash several blocks southwest of the area left thousands of South Surrey residents without power overnight.
Police say that collision occurred just before 10 p.m., when an Audi southbound on 176 Street hit a truck that was towing a trailer westbound on 16 Avenue. The impact pushed the truck into a power pole on the intersection’s southwest corner.
In addition to leaving residents in the dark – power was restored to nearly 2,200 BC Hydro customers around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday – the crash shut down area roads for several hours.
Paquet said the Audi driver, a 72-year-old White Rock man, was treated at Peace Arch Hospital for minor injuries and released. The truck driver, a 51-year-old Burnaby man, had to be extricated from his vehicle but was not injured.
Paquet said it is fortunate the drivers were not seriously hurt.
Drugs and alcohol have been ruled out as factors in the crash.
Investigation is ongoing and any witnesses who have not spoken to police are asked to call 604-599-0502.