By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Amid jokes about chicken salad and chicken salad sandwiches, and a smell that rivaled really ripe roadkill, members of the police department, fire department and the city street department awaited word on how to handle the mass of spilled chicken guts at the intersection of Base and Range Streets.
About 10 a.m., the driver of an American Proteins, Inc. truck, a company based out of Cuthbert, Ga., was headed west on Base Street when the traffic light at Range Sreet caught him short and he had to stop suddenly; the load in his truck slopped forward over the top of the container and some of it splattered onto the street. The container top was covered with a tarp-like covering tied down with rope.
The lane behind the truck was quickly blocked off. Officer David Stevenson and Police Chief Gary Calhoun called the DOT and the EPA to determine what kind of biohazard the pile of reeking renderings might pose, but they were eventually advised to shovel it into buckets, load it back onto the truck, and have the company responsible come and hose the area down.
American Proteins, Inc., of Cuthbert, said their facility was three hours away and they had no one available locally to do the job. There was some discussion of calling Pilgrim’s Pride in Live Oak, where the truck had picked up its load, but the task ultimately fell to the Madison Fire Department.
Madison City Street and Sanitation Department Supervisor J.R. Olmstead grabbed a pitchfork and then a shovel as he scooped up innards and joked, “Man, this takes me back to my childhood!”
The driver, Roy White, who had been sitting dejectedly on a nearby park bench and declining to comment except to say that he had worked with the company for ten years without incident, grabbed a wide shovel and assisted Olmstead.
The driver was issued a citation for having an unsecured load.