Truck dumps 18 000kg of chicken feathers on highway

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

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

Had been commuters in Washington state clucking with disapproval this morning?

Crews cleared thousands of pounds of chicken feathers off northbound I-5 in Federal Way after a semi-truck rolled onto its side Wednesday morning.

WSDOT said the truck was hauling 40,000 pounds worth of feathers.

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The semi driver reportedly didn't have any injuries, and claims he had fallen asleep at the wheel. Trooper Rick Johnson instructed Q13 the driving force would obtain a quotation for negligent driving.

The feathers were reportedly being transported from Foster Farms.

"Fowl way to start the day", one Twitter user replied.

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

Chicken feathers are considered valuable because they can be used for multiple purposes including diapers, insulation, paper, plastics, and for decorative purposes, according to the University of Kentucky College of Agricultural Food and Environment.

The News Tribune newspaper of Tacoma reports traffic backed up for 11 miles (18 kilometers) as crews scooped up the feathers. The Washington State Department of Transportation shut down all lanes while workers cleaned up the mess and towed the truck away. "The freeway reopened about 7:30 a.m., however a backup stretched for miles", based on the Seattle Instances.

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