Highway blocked for hours after chicken truck overturns, hundreds of chickens killed

Published 5:10 pm Thursday, May 2, 2019

Hundreds of chickens were killed and a highway was blocked for hours when a tractor-trailer carrying live birds overturned in south Mississippi.

Mississippi Highway Patrol officials tell WDAM-TV that the crash happened Thursday morning on U.S. Highway 42 near Richton.

Perry County Emergency Management Agency Director Colby Prine says the 18-wheeler was the only vehicle involved in the crash, and the driver was taken to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg to be treated for minor injuries.

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Pictures from the scene show what appear to be hundreds of dead chickens littering the ground.

Prine says the chickens and truck belong to Mar-Jac Poultry, and representatives from the company were at the scene to collect the bodies.