Truck full of chicken overturns, spills cargo on highway

It took crews more than six hours to clean up chicken parts from the road after a tractor-trailer overturned on a highway in Forsyth County, Georgia, on March 16. The driver, who was unhurt, was charged in the single-vehicle truck accident.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the semi truck driver was hauling frozen chicken eastbound on Ga. 369, also known as Matt Highway, during morning rush hour. The truck drifted off the road near Doctor Bramblett Road and the driver attempted to steer back on course, but overcorrected. The semi flipped over, spilling the chicken across the highway.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident. The driver, a 58-year-old man from Cleveland who works for Alabama-based Hunt & Sons, was taken to the hospital for treatment and released, according to a Sheriff’s Captain. Authorities charged the driver with failure to maintain his lane.

Crews worked for hours to clear the road. First a tow truck carried off the semi, then dump trucks were used to clean up the chicken scattered across the highway. Finally, crews washed down the road before reopening it around 4 p.m.

The Journal-Constitution noted that the accident was the second one involving a load of chicken spilling onto the road in the South in less than a week. On March 10, a truck carrying a load of processed chicken in Ruston, Louisiana.