Trucking Company Says It Will Clean Chicken Blood Off Highway

The company accepting responsibility for leaving a 20-mile stretch of chicken blood on a River Valley highway will pay for any damage to motorists’ vehicles and met Friday afternoon (Nov. 15) to map out a strategy for clearing up the road, a spokesman said.

Rick Johnson, spokesman for MKJ Trucking, told state officials the company is in the process of finding a street-sweeping contractor to clean up and remove the mess from the road.

The department estimates 1,200 gallons of the chicken blood spewed out of a truck carrying product as a result of a loose valve. The blood weighed 11,000 pounds.

Johnson told 5NEWS the company also will pay for any damage or cleanup expenses for motorists who drove through the blood.

A chicken truck from the Springfield, Mo.-based trucking company was transporting chicken blood from the OK Foods plant in Heavener, Okla., to a plant in Danville, when the tanker valve came open, said Thale Kiesling, district maintenance engineer for the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.

The highway department tracked down the company Thursday after calling OK Foods about their transportation methods, Kiesling said.

Local drivers on their morning commute Wednesday encountered a stretch of blood along U.S. Highway 71 from Greenwood to Booneville.

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality issued a statement to 5NEWS saying the agency was informed of the spill and they would request the responsible party takes measures to clean it up.

One agricultural expert said risks from the blood are minimal.

“This is just an accident like any other, and I wouldn’t think it would be anything that would hurt them,” said Jesse Bocksinck.

If your car received damage from the blood, the company is asking you to take a photo of the vehicle and email it to rick.johnson@thaultanklines.com.

6 comments

    • Chad

      That’s what I was thinking as well. The rains bound to wash it away eventually no need to get to cleaning it up.

      To be honest I don’t see it as a problem if it just stays on the road for awhile. It’s just blood and we all have blood. I know some are grossed out by the sight of blood but it doesn’t bother me one bit.

  • JR Gibbs

    The problem is that blood is slick as ice. If it gets a little rain on it, it will rehydrate and be even worse. If there is a 20 mile stretch it does need cleaning up.

  • carla fulkerson

    why didnt someone tell the driver it was leaking or why didnt the driver see it even when he passed another driver from what i saw he was all over the road he should have seen it for reals come on now

    • hogfan

      Just guessing, but the driver of the truck probably gets paid the same, if he does a fantastic job, or a cra**y job. If that is the case, he may think, Why put myself out? If he suffers no repercussions from the incident, he may not care. Lots of people today in jobs, just don’t give a cra*, if they do stuff like this.

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