The last of the monkeys to escape the crash was A.J. Truck The trailer load of 100 animals was calculated to be late Saturday, a day after the pickup collided with a dump truck Pennsylvania Highway, officials said.
Pennsylvania State Police say several monkeys escaped following Friday’s collision. But only one didn’t count until Saturday morning, which triggered Pennsylvania Sports Commission And other agencies are launching searches amid severe weather.
Kristen Nordland, spokeswoman for the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an email Saturday evening that all of the Cynomolcus macaque monkeys had been counted. Three people died after being euthanized.
The email did not explain why all three were euthanized or how all were accounted for. But Nordland said the euthanasia was done humanely under the guidance of the American Veterinary Association.
The monkeys were on their way to the CDC-approved isolation facility after arriving Friday morning. New YorkKennedy Airport is located off the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius, police said. The Atlanta-based CDC said it was providing “technical assistance” to the state police in Pennsylvania.
Trooper Andrea Belachik told Sunbury’s Daily Item newspaper that the collision occurred Friday on a state highway near the Interstate 80 exit in Montserrat, Pennsylvania.
The location of the isolated facility and the explicitly imposed type of research on monkeys are not clear, but Cynomolcus monkeys are often used in clinical studies. An article published in 2015 on the website of the National Center for Biotechnology Information noted that they are the most widely used primary in early toxicology studies.
Previously, Police The troopers tweeted not to search or catch the monkey: “Anyone who sees the monkey is asked not to approach, catch or contact the monkey. Please call 911 immediately.”
Trooper Lauren Leisure said, “Because it’s not a pet, and it’s in an unknown area, it’s hard to say how they will behave if approached by a human.”
Leisure said the state police guarded the scene for the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the CDC.
The drivers of the trucks were unharmed and a passenger was taken to a medical center for treatment for minor injuries, according to an accident report from the state police.
Michelle Fallon, an eyewitness to the crash, told Bloomberg’s Press Enterprise newspaper that she spoke to the pickup driver and a passenger after the crash. The driver appeared to be distracted and the passenger thought he might have injured his legs, he said.
As troops searched for the monkeys, handcuffs and pistols were strewn across the road on Friday. Valley Township firefighters tried to locate the animals using thermal imaging, and the helicopter helped, according to Bloomberg’s Press Enterprise newspaper.
As the pickup was heading west on the I-80, it tried to make an immediate return after landing at the Danville exit and drove the other way, the newspaper reported.
Fallen told Press Enterprise that he was behind the pickup when the dump truck collided with the passenger side, tearing the front panel of the trailer and sending out more than a dozen crates.
Fallon said she and another motorist who was parked to help were standing near the scene, and the other driver said he saw a cat running across the road.
When Fallon peeked into a box, she saw a little monkey looking back at her, she told the newspaper.
“They’re monkeys,” she told the other driver.
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