Chicken truck overturns in Salem

A poultry truck filled with live chickens overturned in Salem, Ore., on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. (Marsha/KOIN 6 News viewer)
A poultry truck filled with live chickens overturned in Salem, Ore., on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. (Marsha/KOIN 6 News viewer)
A poultry truck filled with live chickens overturned in Salem, Ore., on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. (Marsha/KOIN 6 News viewer)
(Marsha/KOIN 6 News viewer)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A tractor-trailer truck with crates of chickens strapped to its bed rolled in downtown Salem Tuesday morning, spilling birds onto the street.

Police Lt. Dave Okada says officers made a rough estimate that a thousand chickens were aboard, and some number had died. He says the police have asked the local Humane Society for help in dealing with the chickens and clearing the street.

Photos on the Salem Statesman Journal website showed dozens of chickens, many alive and loose, at the crash scene near a car dealership.

Commercial Street NE was shut down in both directions between Division and Market streets for several hours in order to right the truck. The street was fully reopened by 2 p.m.

Okada said officers hadn’t yet determined what caused the crash.

Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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