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FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — A tractor-trailer made a fowl mess when it rolled over in Washington state. It dumped about 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers across Interstate 5.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson said the driver told investigators he fell asleep about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday north of Tacoma and lost control of the truck, which hit a guardrail and overturned.

The truck was hauling the feathers from a poultry facility to a rendering company in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Canadian company recycles animal byproducts into ingredients for items including pet feed and soap.

The News Tribune newspaper of Tacoma reports traffic backed up for 11 miles as crews scooped up the feathers.

Johnson said the driver would be cited for negligent driving.

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  • dumblikeme
    May 23, 2018 at 5:01 p.m.

    Which is heavier, 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers, or 40,000 pounds of lead?

  • GeneralMac
    May 23, 2018 at 5:40 p.m.

    Very, very misleading !

    Chicken feathers are so light it would be impossible to get a semi load of chicken feathers to weigh 40,000 lbs.

    The vast majority of that 40,000 lbs was chicken guts and that is why it was heading to a rendering plant.