Fowled commute: Truck crash spills hundreds of chicken on Ore. road

SALEM, Ore. - Downtown Salem turned into a wild chicken roundup Tuesday morning after a truck hauling hundreds of chickens overturned.

The crash happened just after 8 a.m., witnesses said. It's unclear what caused the crash.

The truck was carrying a load of chickens in crates, which spilled into the street and released the birds. Some died, but many are alive and loose.

Police Lt. Dave Okada says officers made a rough estimate that a thousand chickens were aboard. He says the police have asked the local Humane Society for help in dealing with the chickens and clearing the street.

Zach Urness, a reporter with the Salem Statesman Journal, tweeted a photo of the chaos as animal control tried to corral the chickens.

Chickens all over Commercial Street in downtown Salem after semi truck crash #sjnow #salemor

Zach Urness (@ZachsORoutdoors) July 9, 2013

Commercial Street is closed at Front Street while authorities clear up the crash scene.

At this point it's unclear if anyone was hurt.