Truck rolls, spilling chickens in downtown Salem

SALEM — A truck with bins of chickens on its bed rolled in downtown Salem Tuesday morning, spilling birds onto the street.

Police Lt. Dave Okada said officers estimated roughly that a thousand chickens were aboard and called for help from the local Humane Society.

The Salem Statesman Journal reported (http://stjr.nl/12WAEFi ) some birds lay lifeless in the street, and others walked slowly in circles.

There was no immediate estimate of the number of chickens killed.

The driver was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Police say the accident was caused either by excessive speed or a shift in the load.

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