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THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2007
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Chicken truck crash closes road

UNION HILL — A Vinemont man was released from the hospital Wednesday after a medical helicopter flew him from the scene of an early morning, chicken-truck crash in eastern Morgan County.

Van Geist, president of the volunteer firefighter association, said Brindley Mountain volunteers helped the man from his mangled tractor-trailer on Union Hill Road shortly after 5.

Cotaco volunteers directed traffic with both lanes blocked for more than five hours by the truck and chicken baskets.

State troopers listed driver Roger McGriff, 51, as injured. Geist said McGriff was headed to Albertville to load chickens for a trip to a Decatur processing facility.

"A deep ditch swallowed the truck," Geist said. "It was headed southeast and ran off on right side of the road. It ended up in a ditch on the left side. A tree came into the driver's compartment, and the driver suffered a cut to his head."

A Huntsville Hospital spokeswoman said medical staff treated and released McGriff.

- Chris Paschenko

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