Fowled commute: Truck crash spills hundreds of chicken onto Salem road

Fowled commute: Truck crash spills hundreds of chicken onto Salem road
A truck carrying hundreds of chickens tipped over onto a Honda dealership north of downtown Salem, Ore., on Tuesday July 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Statesman-Journal, Kobbi R. Blair)

SALEM, Ore. – Downtown Salem turned into a wild chicken roundup Tuesday morning after a truck hauling hundreds of chickens overturned.

The crash happened just after 8 a.m., witnesses said. It’s unclear what caused the crash.

The truck was carrying a load of chickens in crates, which spilled into the street and released the birds. Some died, but many are alive and loose.

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

Zach Urness, a reporter with the Salem Statesman Journal, tweeted a photo of the chaos as animal control tried to corral the chickens.

Commercial Street is closed at Front Street while authorities clear up the crash scene.

At this point it’s unclear if anyone was hurt.