People in Springfield may have noticed a ‘fowl’ smell Friday.

Clean up crews had to be brought into town after a mixture of chicken bio-products sloshed out of a tractor trailer and onto Memorial Boulevard near Wendy’s Restaurant at about 11 a.m., according to Robertson County Emergency Management Agency Assistant Director Kenny Hardaway.

The semi was headed through Springfield, on its way to Kentucky, when the incident occurred, Hardaway said.

“The company that deals with the product had their cleanup crew come down,” Hardaway said. “They used shovels to scoop it up.”

The tractor trailer “had dropped a great deal of its load,” Springfield Police Chief David Thompson said. 

“Apparently, they don’t know why, exactly,” the chief said. He noted it was fortunate Hardaway was in the area at the time. 

“He stopped the truck,” Thompson said.

Hardaway was pulling up to the red light in front of Wendy’s when he noticed a “good little amount” of the chicken mixture on the road, he said.

“The truck was taking off,” Hardaway said, adding that he called the Tennessee Highway Patrol to the scene to investigate because a commercial vehicle was involved. A request for information about the incident is pending with the agency.

No one was injured.

Everything was marked clear at the scene just after 2:15 p.m., according to a Robertson County dispatcher.

Before and during the cleanup, there was a smell in the area, Hardaway said.

“You could smell it for a little while,” he said. “At first, it was probably strong, but it’s died down a whole bunch.”

This is a developing story. Check back for more information as it becomes available.

Reach Nicole Young at 615-306-3570 or nyoung@tennessean.com.
 

 

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