Tractor trailor full of turkeys tips forcing Listowel Road near Elmira to be closed

A Waterloo police bike parked on the road near the scene of Tuesday's accident. @WRPSToday / Twitter

A portion of Listowel Road near Elmira was forced to close Tuesday morning after a tractor-trailer carrying a load of turkeys flipped over into a ditch.

Waterloo police say the truck was headed eastbound at around 7:20 a.m. on Listowel Road when it went into the ditch and knocked down a hydro pole. Many in the area were left without power due to the incident.

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Woolwich fire chief Dale Martin said the truck, which originated from Wallenstein, was carrying about 1,000 turkeys.

He posted a photo from the scene on Twitter.

Martin said professional turkey-catchers had been brought in to round up many of the birds that were running loose.

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Police said the 45-year-old man driving the vehicle was taken to hospital with rib injuries.

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They also said that charges are pending.

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