A chicken truck overturned near train tracks running alongside Highway 60/Candler Road just after 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15, spilling live chickens in a ditch and on the tracks.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, Tyeward Jerome Teasley, 39, of Athens, received minor injuries and was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville for evaluation, according to Hall County Fire Services Cpt. Zachary Brackett.
The roadway between Tanners Mill Road and Cooper Bridge Road was shut down while cleanup began, according to Hall County Sheriff's Office spokesman Derreck Booth.
CSX Corp., which operates the railroad, was notified and stopped all train traffic while the truck was brought back to its wheels and the tracks were cleared.
Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Josh Hedden said Teasley lost control of the tractor-trailer while driving northbound around a curve and came to a stop on the east shoulder of the road after it overturned.
Teasley was cited for failure to maintain lane, according to Hedden.
The 2018 Kenworth tractor owned by JBS Trucking was hauling the chickens for Pilgrim's Pride. Pilgrim’s Pride was called to clean up the full load of chickens, many of which died in the accident.
“It will take them several hours to clean that up,” Brackett said. “There’s a lot of chickens and debris out in the road, so they’ll have to clean all that up.”
Booth said the Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Department of Transportation were called to assist in the cleanup.
The road reopened around noon Saturday.