Rescue operation after 640 turkeys involved in trailer crash

By Jamie Brassington | Transport | Published:

A number of turkeys died when a trailer carrying 640 of the birds overturned on a Midlands road.

The aftermath of the crash. Photo: @WorcsTravel

Emergency services were called to the accident at Junction 5 of the M5 at around 10.15am today.

Police officers, firefighters and ambulance crews were all sent to the scene, where an operation was launched to rescue the turkeys.

The RSPA were also at the accident at the A38/M5 junction in Wychbold, Worcestershire, where no people were injured but 'a number of turkeys' died.

The road is now back open.

Daniel Butler, a spokesperson for West Mercia Police said: "At approximately 10am this morning West Mercia Police were called to reports of an overturned trailer containing turkeys on J5 of the M5/A38.

"Highways England, the fire and rescue service and the ambulance service were also in attendance. There were no reported injuries.

"RSPCA were also called to the scene, a number of turkeys died as a result of the incident."

A spokesman for the Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service added: "We had a crew from Droitwich attend to help with the transfer of the animals. We attended to assist.

"The incident came to an end at 1.30pm. I believe the RSPCA are also in attendance alongside police."

@WorcsTravel tweeted: "640 live turkeys in trailer involved in accident M5/A38 #Wychbold @worcscc #WorcestershireHour - rescue operation underway"

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
Wolves Reporter - @JamieB_Star

Sports reporter, primarily covering Wolves. Call me on 01902319464 or email

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