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M5 at standstill due to 1,000 chickens on road

By Emily_Koch  |  Posted: October 16, 2012

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Four lanes of the M5 had to be closed this morning after 1,000 chickens fell out of the truck they were travelling when it overturned.

Police were called at about 11.40am and four lanes of the motorway Southbound between Junctions 19 and 20 had to be closed while the birds were rounded up.

The truck's cargo was 30 boxes of frozen chickens rather than live birds.

The truck had collided with the central reservation, forcing the back doors open, shedding its load of frozen chickens.

Highways Agency officials, police officers and firefighters joined forces to get the chickens off the road.

The driver of the truck, a man in his 20s, was taken to Weston General Hospital with head injuries, although they are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.

The motorway was re-opened at about 12.20pm.

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  • oldwester  |  October 18 2012, 12:56PM

    what a fowl up! good job the drivers ok, and didnt cluck it on the chicken run... nice to see the authorities re-coop the lot, bet some peeps rescued a poultry few though, on the hen 5...

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  • MOOSEMOO  |  October 17 2012, 10:21PM

    why did the chicken cross the road so they could get defrosted!ibet the m5 was stuffed and not the chickens!

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  • Magrathea2011  |  October 17 2012, 10:52AM

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, Emily - for brightening up an otherwise very dull day!!!!

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  • Roversteve  |  October 17 2012, 9:46AM

    Cock-a doodle-dooo!

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  • Rovers1990  |  October 17 2012, 7:24AM

    James Bond was there to sort things out apparently, "The names Bond, James Bond"... & the response was "The names Ken...Chic Ken....

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  • SlotBoy  |  October 16 2012, 11:55PM

    Just as well they were frozen or they would still be rounding them up.

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  • lilmizz74  |  October 16 2012, 10:05PM

    I'm sure it was a very eggshausting job picking all those chickens up.. Bet they felt a bit peckish after!

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  • Jan-k  |  October 16 2012, 7:33PM

    The driver while travelling to HENley on Thames was distracted listening to Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep on the radio.......

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  • MisterZola  |  October 16 2012, 6:44PM

    Highways Agency officials, police officers and firefighters joined forces to get the chickens off the road.... but some escaped by crossing to the other side. Police are looking into possible reasons why.

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  • HarveyNix  |  October 16 2012, 6:28PM

    Wattle happen to them ?

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