It's a question as old as time...
Why did the chicken cross the road?
To get to the other side? To go move his car before he gets a street cleaning ticket?
We still don't know the real answer.
But this time, the chicken(s) never actually made it across that road.
On Wednesday morning around 3:30 a.m., a tractor-trailer rolled over on Interstate 5 in Washington, dumping about 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers across the freeway.
According to Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson, the driver fell asleep at the wheel right outside of Tacoma and hit a guard rail, overturning the vehicle.
The truck (and what was left of the chickens) were supposed to be heading to a rendering plant in Vancouver, where they would then use the animal byproducts and recycle them into pet feed and soap ingredients.
The News Tribune newspaper of Tacoma reported that local traffic was backed up for 11 miles while crews worked to clean up the feathers.
The driver of the truck was reported to be okay, but Johnson said he will be cited for negligent driving and failure to get those chickens safely across the road.
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