A semi-truck carrying 2,600 live chickens flipped over about 8:40 p.m. on Monday in a remote area of eastern San Diego County. The driver said he swerved to avoid a deer. He was trapped inside.
The accident also started a brush fire. Then two other vehicles collided trying to avoid the crash, the CHP said.
The big rig was transporting birds from a Potrero chicken farm near Tecate, Mexico just before 9 p.m. and was in the in the 17300 block of Highway 94 in Dulzura., the CHP reported.
Two witnesses rushed to rescue the truck driver. One of the men smashed the side window with his foot so they could pull the man out. Fortunately, he suffered only minor injuries.
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At least 150 chickens were freed and ran wild through the area. Officials confirmed that some chickens also died in the fire.
The fire could have been a bigger problem, considering the dry brush and nearby homes. However, there was a fire station just down the road from the crash site and the quick response time enabled the fire to be extinguished quickly.
The company that owns the chickens sent a truck to pick up the wayward birds, she said. Tow trucks were ordered to pick up the burned semi-truck and its trailer.
The CHP says a SigAlert was issued until the wreckage and the chickens could be removed.