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Live chickens blocking lanes on 605 Freeway transition in Norwalk area

By in Press Enterprise on January 2, 2018

By Steven Rosenberg A CHP officer removes a chicken from the roadway early Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2017, after at least 100 of the birds were running around on the southbound 605 Freeway near the transition to the 105 in the Norwalk-Downey area. (Photo courtesy of the California Highway Patrol)

More than a dozen chickens were blocking freeway lanes in the Norwalk-Downey area early Tuesday after their cage fell off a truck, the California Highway Patrol is reporting.

The CHP reported the incident about 6:09 a.m. on the southbound 605 Freeway near the transition to the westbound 105 Freeway.

Officers were requesting Animal Control for assistance in gathering the wayward birds., and at least one lane on the transition from the southbound 605 to the westbound 105 remained closed as of 6:30 a.m.

A SigAlert was declared about 7 a.m. and slated to last 90 minutes as officers continued to herd the chickens and get them off the freeway.

The CHP reported on Twitter about 8 a.m. that
officers managed to save 17 chickens, but two were struck by vehicles and “went to chicken heaven,” as the agency put it.

The truck driver whose rig lost the chicken cage was unaware that it happened, the CHP said.

Staff writers Ruby Gonzales and Beatriz Valenzuela contributed to this report.

Actual footage taken by motorcycle Officer C. Lillie. Begs the question, “why DID the chickens cross the road?” To not become “fast” food of course!

— CHP Santa Fe Springs (@CHP_SFS) January 2, 2018

Some of the birds are safe and sound…photo courtesy of motorcycle officer C. Lillie.

— CHP Santa Fe Springs (@CHP_SFS) January 2, 2018

Traffic advisory: I-605 S/B near I-105 is a little heavy right now because of these little guys. (Photos courtesy of motorcycle […]    

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