Chickens Run Wild After Big Rig Crash in California

By Christina London and Candice Nguyen
|  Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014  |  Updated 8:05 AM PDT
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Chickens Run Wild After Big Rig Crash in California

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A semi-truck carrying thousands of live chickens crashed Monday in San Diego County, sending chickens running wild.

A big rig coming from a Potrero chicken farm overturned just before 9 p.m. in the 17300 block of Highway 94 in Dulzura. The California Highway Patrol issued a Sig Alert for the area.

According to CHP, the driver told officers that he saw a deer and swerved, flipping his truck and trapping him inside. The accident also started a brush fire.

Two witnesses rushed to rescue the driver. One of the men smashed the side window with his foot so they could pull out the man.

The driver suffered minor injuries, according to officials.

CHP said the truck was carrying approximately 2,600 chickens.

Animal Control was called to wrangle the 20 or so chickens running free. Officials confirmed that some chickens did die in the fire.

The fire could have been a bigger problem, considering the dry brush and nearby homes. However, there was a fire station just down the road from the crash site.


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