Truck dumps 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers on road


A tractor-trailer made a fowl mess when it rolled over in Washington state. It dumped about 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers across Interstate 5.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson says the driver told investigators he fell asleep at about 3:30 a.m. May 23 north of Tacoma and lost control of the truck, which hit a guardrail and overturned.

The truck was hauling the feathers from a poultry facility to a rendering company in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Canadian company recycles animal byproducts into ingredients for items including pet feed and soap.

The News Tribune newspaper of Tacoma reports traffic backed up for 11 miles as crews scooped up the feathers.

Johnson said the driver would be cited for negligent driving.

Obit: Tornado chaser wants ashes launched into twister


A Missouri storm chaser told friends in his obituary that he wants them to launch his ashes into a tornado, adding: “That’ll be fun!!!!”

Jim “Mad Dog” Sellars spelled out his unique wishes in the obituary he wrote before he died last month. Greenlawn Funeral Home confirmed the death, saying the Springfield man was 64. He’d lived with a heart condition for several years.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Sellars’older brother, John Sellars, described his brother as a “renaissance man.”

Jim Sellars worked more than three decades for a telephone company, served as a reserve police officer and had a lifelong passion for weather and HAM radios. And for years, he chased storms.

John Sellars says his brother could “look at the radar and just know where the storm was headed.”

Loose horses tie up traffic in Massachusetts

ACTON, Mass.

Two horses that got loose on a Massachusetts highway recently and tied up rush-hour traffic were safely corralled and returned to their owners.

State police found the horses on Route 2 in Acton after receiving 911 calls from drivers shortly before 6 p.m. May 22.

The Boston Globe reports that state police worked with local police to locate the owners, who walked the horses to safety in the breakdown lane.

State police Sgt. Paul Sullivan joked that the horses were warned to stay off the road in the future.

Associated Press

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