Overturned truck hauling live chickens shuts down Union County highway

UNION COUNTY, N.C. — A highway in Union County will be closed for hours while crews clean up after a tractor-trailer packed with live chickens overturned early Monday morning.

State troopers told Channel 9 that the truck crashed around 4:30 a.m. on Highway 205 in Marshville, near New Hope Church Road.

Dozens of chickens were killed in the crash and crews were working to wrangle those that survived.

Authorities said the wreck was blocking the highway and clean up might last until 11 a.m. Drivers are being urged to avoid the area.

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