CDC: Three monkeys caught and euthanized after crash near Danville

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A public health risk assessment was conducted by several organizations including the CDC; confirming the escaped monkeys were humanely euthanized.

DANVILLE, Pa. — Three monkeys that had been lost along the interstate in Montour County are all accounted for, all of them now dead.

A public health risk assessment was conducted by several organizations including the CDC.

The monkeys escaped after a truck carrying about 100 of them collided with a dump truck Friday afternoon along Route 54 just off Interstate 80 near Danville.

"We're rural Pennsylvania. We hear about like cows getting out and you know pigs and trucks like that wrecking, but Monkeys it's not a common everyday thing," said Jessica Wright, Danville.

According to a CDC spokesperson, the monkeys were en route to a CDC-approved quarantine facility after landing Friday morning in New York. They are originally from Mauritius, a country in eastern Africa.

The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, that's when the three monkeys got free in the Danville area.

Police say the driver who was transporting the monkeys was charged in the crash.

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