Monkeys roam free in Pennsylvania after a highway crash

Authorities said the monkeys spent Friday night in rural Pennsylvania after they escaped from a collision involving a vehicle carrying primates.

Pennsylvania State Police trooper Andrea Pelachick confirmed the hunt for the escaped monkeys in Montour County’s Valley Town, but could not say how many had been captured.

“The vehicle involved was following a hundred monkeys, and when the collision occurred, a handful of monkeys escaped,” she said.

No injuries have been reported.

Temperatures in Montour County dropped to a single point Friday night as authorities searched for the monkeys.

Authorities were instructed to secure the area for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, she said.

When asked if the missing monkeys had any health problems, the soldier said they did not know.

A monkey on a Friday night loose in rural Pennsylvania is sitting in a tree.WBRE

Monkeys are known to transmit diseases, including monkey pox, and cold sores virus, reported to have infected its first human last year.

“We ask people to stay away from the monkeys,” said Pelachick. “If they see one, call 911 immediately and stay away from the monkey.”

The multi-vehicle crash closed 54th Street near Interstate 80 for about three hours, according to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Juliette Arcodia contribute.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/monkeys-loose-pennsylvania-highway-crash-rcna13149 Monkeys roam free in Pennsylvania after a highway crash

Jake Nichol

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