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Chickens in Accident Saved to Be Slaughtered

A large team of search and rescue workers from Akranes and Borgarnes was called out for a rather unusual mission on the mountain pass Holtavörðuheiði, northwest Iceland, last night.


Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.

A large truck with a trailer full of chickens from a farm in Hrútafjörður, north Iceland, which were destined for slaughtering in south Iceland, ran off the road and tipped on its side in a blizzard shortly before 1 am.

The driver was unharmed and the trailer and cages were intact. A few of the chickens were killed but the rest of the fowl, approximately 7,000 of them, had to be transferred to different vehicles. The mission wasn’t completed until after 8 am, reports.

According to, it took that long to move the chickens because of the raging snowstorm on the mountain pass. One of the trucks that was supposed to pick up the birds also ran off the road which caused further delays.

Some of the chickens that survived the accident died before they could be moved to a different truck, probably due to exposure. The lives of the surviving chicken won’t be spared—their journey to the slaughterhouse continued after the transfer.


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