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  • Tractor trailer spills chicken cages, live birds, over Dover highway

  • Area drivers had to find their away around an early Thursday morning incident where a tractor trailer spilled its load of live chickens across a Dover highway.
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    Area drivers had to find their away around an early Thursday morning incident where a tractor trailer spilled its load of live chickens across a Dover highway.
    The accident took place at about 4 a.m. Aug. 14, at the split between U.S. Routes 13 and 113, adjacent to the Royal Farms convenience store at 295 S. Dupont Highway, said Dover Police Department spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman.
    The police investigation, which still is ongoing, showed the southbound truck tried to negotiate a turn when the load shifted causing the trailer section to fall over on its side. Several hundred chickens escaped from their cages and were seen on the roadway and surrounding grassy areas.
    The truck was headed to the Mountaire Farms processing facility in Millsboro.
    Delaware Department of Transportation crews were called to the scene to assist at the scene, said DelDOT spokeswoman Sandy Roumillat.
    In addition to helping with traffic, DelDOT placed topsoil on the grass area of the shoulder where truck tore up the grass and a street sweeper was used to clean the roadway after everything was removed, she said.
    Mountaire personnel were responsible for collecting the live and dead birds, she added.
    There were no reported injuries to the driver or others, Hoffman said, adding that delays were minimal.
    “People just tended to use alternate routes,” he said.
    The rig is registered to Maddox Brothers Trucking out of Salisbury, Md.
    “The driver said the load shifted and it all just went to one side,” said Elton Maddox, who was reached at the company via telephone. “It wasn’t due to speed or anything like that.
    “I just got off the phone with him, and he’s fine.”
    Because the investigation has not been completed, Hoffman said he had no information on whether charges will be preferred against the driver.

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