Route 30 reopens after truck with chickens overturns

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Route 30 has reopened after a tractor-trailer crash in East Lampeter Township closed the eastbound lanes for about six hours.

The highway reopened around 4:30 p.m.

The truck was hauling about 1,000 live chickens when it overturned near the Route 462 interchange around 10:30 a.m. Some of the chickens died in the crash and others were on the highway.

The driver, James Walker, was not injured. Police said he was speeding before the crash.

“The investigation reveals the driver of the tractor-trailer was driving too fast for negotiating the left curve,” Officer Nathan Westerman said. “[The driver] said he was driving about 50-55 miles per hour.”

Westerman said Walker is from Delaware and was taking the chickens there for slaughter after picking them up in Manheim.

Police also the truck had multiple mechanical issues, including brake problems.

The crash was so severe that some of the chickens were sent down a nearby embankment.

“Some residents are coming in that are actually at the Walmart, picking up some chickens,” said Deputy Chief Jason Keens of the Lafayette Fire Company. “We caution people not to touch them.”

The county’s hazmat team was on the scene for a diesel fuel leak.

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