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Tractor-trailer carrying live chickens overturns on I-84 eastbound in Southbury

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Live chickens were on a tractor-trailer that overturned on I-84 eastbound in Southbury.(@CT_STATE_POLICE) Live chickens were on a tractor-trailer that overturned on I-84 eastbound in Southbury.(@CT_STATE_POLICE)
Crews were removing the tractor-trailer, chickens, crates and fuel from the highway. (@CT_STATE_POLICE) Crews were removing the tractor-trailer, chickens, crates and fuel from the highway. (@CT_STATE_POLICE)
SOUTHBURY, CT (WFSB) -

A tractor-trailer carrying thousands of chickens and ducks overturned on the eastbound side of Interstate 84 in Southbury on Saturday morning.

Police said a tractor-trailer carrying more than 5,000 live chickens and ducks was traveling eastbound on I-84 near Exit 13 just before 6 a.m. Police said the driver Estanislao Garcia-Lopez "for an unknown reason" merged into the right shoulder and struck the cement barrier

The impact of the crash caused the tractor-trailer to roll over on its passenger side, police said.  

Members of Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Department of Transportation, Southbury Fire Department, Newtown Animal Control and Connecticut Department of Agriculture were called to the scene "to inspect the load of 5164 live chickens and ducks." Several of the chickens died in the crash. 

No injuries were reported on the scene, police said. 

Garcia-Lopez was at fault for the crash, police said. He issued an infraction for failure to maintain the proper lane.  

Police said The right lane on the eastbound side is closed, but the left lane is now open. Vehicles were getting over the shoulder. The highway completed opened up at 12:30 p.m. 

The tractor-trailer was towed from the scene, police said. 

To see pictures of the crash on your mobile device, click here.  

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