Fire chief: Man saved from blaze by son's cackling chickens

CREEKSIDE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania fire chief says some cackling chickens turned out to be cock-a-doodle-do-gooders.

Creekside Fire Chief Pete Yacovone says David Wells escaped from his burning home at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday after his son was awakened by his chickens. The chief says the chickens might have been startled by the fire.

The son lives across the street and quickly ran to his dad's house to wake him up.

Yacovone says the chickens made "good smoke detectors." He says if Wells' son "hadn't come and got him, we would've been fishing a body out of there."

Wells lives in rural Washington Township, about 50 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

The chief says Wells' house is still standing but not livable.

The fire was apparently caused by an electrical problem.

Driver flips, totals car after slipping on snail slime

BERLIN — Is this the definition of a slow-moving hazard?

German police say a driver lost control of his car after slipping on a slimy trail left by a procession of snails that were making their way across the highway.

The car — an old East German Trabant — flipped over and was wrecked, but the driver was unhurt.

Police said the incident happened early Wednesday near Paderborn, about 220 miles west of Berlin.

Associated Press