Truck dumps 40000 pounds of chicken feathers on highway

Washington State patrol trooper Rick Johnson said the driver would be cited for alleged negligent driving

Were commuters in Washington state clucking with disapproval this morning?

The crash happened at 3:20 the northbound lanes of I-5 at S. 320th.

The semi driver reportedly didn't have any accidents, and claims he had fallen asleep on the wheel. Trooper Rick Johnson told Q13 the driver would receive a citation for negligent driving.

The feathers have been reportedly being transported from Foster Farms.

It dumped about 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers across the freeway.

"Apparently the load spilled 40,000 lbs of hen feathers", the Washington State Division of Transportation (WSDOT) tweeted.

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The agency's traffic engineers did the math: 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers would mean about 18 million feathers.

Johnson said he did not know where the feathers were headed, but confirmed that chicken feathers "definitely have an odor".

Tacoma-based News Tribune newspaper reported traffic being backed-up for 11 miles (18 kilometers) as crews scooped up the feathers, which were strewn across the road, metal barrier and central reservation area.

All lanes were blocked at one point Wednesday morning as crews worked to clean up the fowl mess - causing delays for driver heading both directions. All lanes were opened around 7:30 a.m., but not before the backup extended into Tacoma.


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