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Dead turkeys slow traffic on Highway 99

Animals fell from transport truck, police say
Traffic on Highway 99 was delayed this morning after about 100 deceased turkeys fell from a transport truck, police said.

Traffic on Highway 99 at Lorimer Road in Whistler was delayed Tuesday morning after about 100 deceased turkeys fell from a transport truck headed through Whistler, according to the RCMP.

Police received a report of “hazardous items” on the highway at about 8:40 a.m., said Sgt. Sascha Banks in an email.

“Upon arrival there appeared to be dead turkeys on the highway which had fallen from a transport truck hauling the animals, which were already deceased,” Banks said.

“The animals are thought to have come from the flooded areas in the Lower Mainland and [were] being recycled in the area. The driver has been identified and has spoken with police.”

The turkeys fell off the sides of the truck carrying them when “the load shifted at the light,” Banks added.

While no fines have been issued at this stage, under Motor Vehicle Act Regulations, a driver can be fined $288 for operating a commercial vehicle with insecure cargo.

Highway contractor Miller Capilano attended the scene alongside the Resort Municipality of Whistler and Whistler RCMP to clean up the highway, which was reopened to traffic by 9 a.m., Banks said.