Mainstream Media Laughs As Thousands Of Chickens Killed In Austrian Truck Smash

A 'sleepy driver' has been blamed for the crash

A lorry carrying around 7,000 chickens to a slaughterhouse has crashed in Austria - prompting mainstream media to use puns and jokes in its reporting.

According to reports, the vehicle's driver had a 'second-long sleep' which caused him to hit a bridge pillar on the A1 autobahn near Linz, in the north of the country.

The chaos caused rush hour queues as drivers stopped to observe the scene.


A number of outlets used jokes to cover the story.

The Daily Mail used puns in its reporting of the issue

Emergency services

Police said: "Boxes containing dead and injured animals were strewn over a 160 metre stretch while thousands of chickens ran onto the motorway on both sides."

Emergency services  - over 100 workers including firefighters - were called to round-up the animals who had spread across three lanes.

The surviving chickens were returned to crates.

Sky News also used jokes in its coverage


A number of people have taken to social media to complain about the tone much of the media has used in covering the incident in which many animals were killed.

This Twitter user was disgruntled by the tone used by media to report the incident

It is believed the surviving animals will continue their journey to the slaughterhouse.


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