Thousands of chickens block Austrian highway

Firemen remove chicken and transport boxes from a highway near Linz, Austria on Tuesday. PHOTO/CNN NEWS

(CNN) – A truck crash involving a sleepy driver and 7,500 chickens caused chaos in Austria on Tuesday after the birds blocked part of a highway.

The accident occurred on the A1 highway near the city of Linz.

The driver of the truck transporting the chickens admitted to falling into “a second-long sleep” during which he veered right and collided with a bridge pillar, Franz Rockenschaub, of Highway Police Inspection Haid, told CNN.
The chickens were set to be killed for food, having laid eggs for some time. The company behind the venture has not been named.\
In the aftermath of the crash, some of the birds were exposed and made their break for freedom, escaping from the vehicle.
Rockenschaub said “thousands” of them ran onto the highway and authorities were forced to close a section of the road because of heavy traffic and the presence of gawkers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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