On authority of the Associated Press, turkeys have turned into trucker chasers. See this report in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune about a recent incident in Jackson, Mich., in which a trucker falls just short of chicken-dancing away from three uncommonly aggressive birds outside the Tri-County International Trucks dealership and service location. As the AP reports, “>Tri-County International Trucks employee Dave Dodes told the Jackson Citizen Patriot that three of the birds scared a truck driver so much he stayed in his vehicle when he stopped at the truck service shop Friday.” Eventually, an employee created a diversion while the driver made a break for the shop’s interior, followed by the employee and, yes, the birds. “
Dodes told the AP the turkeys had been hanging around the shop a long time, and their recent behavior suggests they’ve become quite comfortable, even territorial, about the environs. “>They’re not afraid of traffic,” he told the AP, “and now they chase people around.”
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.