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Chicken truck trashes snarling Bay Area morning commute

September 5, 2019
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A live chicken flees from a California Highway Patrol officer attempting to capture it after a big rig hauling poultry overturned in a traffic collision closing all lanes of westbound Interstate 80 for several hours at San Pablo Dam Road in San Pablo, Calif. on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. Officials say a truck carrying hundreds of live chickens crashed and erupted in flames, killings hundreds of the birds and snarling Thursday morning's commute in the San Francisco Bay Area. (Paul Chinn/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
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A live chicken flees from a California Highway Patrol officer attempting to capture it after a big rig hauling poultry overturned in a traffic collision closing all lanes of westbound Interstate 80 for several hours at San Pablo Dam Road in San Pablo, Calif. on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. Officials say a truck carrying hundreds of live chickens crashed and erupted in flames, killings hundreds of the birds and snarling Thursday morning's commute in the San Francisco Bay Area. (Paul Chinn/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)

SAN PABLO, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a truck carrying hundreds of live chickens crashed and erupted in flames, killings hundreds of the birds and snarling Thursday morning’s commute in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The California Highway Patrol says the crash at about 3:30 a.m. shut down the westbound lanes of the busy Highway 80 in San Pablo at San Pablo Dam Road. The lanes remained closed for hours as crews continued clearing the highway of cages filled with burned chickens.

KTVU reports crews and CHP officers collected about 50 surviving birds that were wandering around the highway.

CHP Sgt. Curtis Glace says the rig’s driver overcorrected on the road before he swerved into the center divider and then another car. The driver had minor injuries.

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Information from: KTVU-TV.

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