Lorry carrying 600 live turkeys overturns in Norfolk

A lorry carrying 600 live turkeys has overturned, forcing the closure of a major A-road in Norfolk.

Police closed the A47 road at Easton, near Norwich, in both directions for several hours on Wednesday (14 November) after the lorry slid on to its side.

Traffic had to be stopped at the scene to allow officers from Highways England to clear a fuel spillage and assist in the clear-up operation.

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The accident happened at around 7.30am near Mattishall, closing the road between Easton and Honingham.

Norfolk Police warned of significant delays in the area.

The lorry driver was taken to hospital for treatment for his injuries, which were not thought to be serious.

The Humane Society International claimed the turkeys would have had a “terrifying ordeal” when the lorry overturned.

An animal welfare expert sent to the scene reported that the turkeys were “fine”, according to the BBC.

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