Sacto 9-1-1
October 20, 2011
Chicken hauler crashes on I-80 snarling traffic to Bay Area

All lanes are open but traffic is still slow on Interstate 80 to the San Francisco Bay area from Sacramento more than six hours after an early morning crash involving a chicken-hauling big rig.

The 2 a.m. crash occurred on westbound I-80 just west of Lagoon Valley Road between Vacaville and Fairfield. The center divider was opened shortly before 3 a.m. to let traffic slowly pass as chickens were picked up from the roadway.

An estimated 5,000 crated, live chickens were on the truck but only a small portion of the hens fell onto the roadway.

A little after 4 a.m., two lanes were open. Traffic backed up as officials worked to clear vehicles involved in the crash, including another big rig hauling bottled water and a sport utility vehicle.

The California Highway Patrol said all lanes opened shortly before 8 a.m.

KCRA: Overturned big rig spills chickens on I-80 - Oct. 20, 2011

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