Real life chicken run causes motorway mayhem on M62

UPDATED: 14.50: 1,500 chickens killed in crash on M62

Crash scene: 6,000 live chickens spill across the road. Picture: @IainCPatterson

UPDATED: 12.50: 1,500 chickens killed in crash on M62

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A LORRY crash which resulted in dozens of live chickens spilling out onto the M62 this morning, Wednesday, saw around 1,500 birds killed.

The lorry went into the verge side safety barrier around 4am between junction 11 at Birchwood and junction 12 at Eccles and the road was closed heading towards Manchester.

Highways Agency officials initially said most of the chickens released following the crash were quickly shepherded back into the truck. Some 6,000 were being transported on the lorry.

But North West Motorway Police has now said about 1,500 birds were killed and a number escaped.

It is thought the majority of chickens died from the impact of the crash while others escaped and were hit by cars.

Lane three of the westbound carriageway was also closed briefly. A small amount of traffic stuck behind the incident on the eastbound carriageway was released passed the scene in lane four by 5am.

The carriageway was closed until 10.40am.

All lanes were reopened around 3pm.

Drivers were being told to take the southbound M6 and eastbound M56 from junction 10 of the M62 at the Croft Interchange.

 

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8:14am Wed 14 May 14

Nick Tessla says...

Eggspressway!

Are they looking for a Shell service station?

It's fowled up the road network.
Eggspressway! Are they looking for a Shell service station? It's fowled up the road network. Nick Tessla
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9:02am Wed 14 May 14

kazrobo says...

What did the chicken say when it crossed the road?
What did the chicken say when it crossed the road? kazrobo
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9:03am Wed 14 May 14

kazrobo says...

Are they eggsagerating with 6,000 chickens?

Too may yolks for me on here!
Are they eggsagerating with 6,000 chickens? Too may yolks for me on here! kazrobo
  • Score: -1

10:47am Wed 14 May 14

moleogod says...

time for the im gunna eat al the **** in the road joke
time for the im gunna eat al the **** in the road joke moleogod
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1:24pm Wed 14 May 14

SophieEB91 says...

Roast chicken dinner anyone?
Roast chicken dinner anyone? SophieEB91
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6:19pm Wed 14 May 14

mywarrington says...

What about the chicken variety with three legs that can run at 90 miles per hour. Nobody knows what it taste like because they haven't caught one yet....
What about the chicken variety with three legs that can run at 90 miles per hour. Nobody knows what it taste like because they haven't caught one yet.... mywarrington
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