KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — How did the chicken cross the road? In Roane County, it fell out of a tractor-trailer and slid.
A commercial truck carrying 42,600 pounds of chicken overturned on I-40 around 9:30 p.m. at Mile Marker 348, near the Harriman exit. A photo shared by a TDOT spokesman shared a photo of the overturned truck showing hundreds of boxes containing raw chicken spilled across the ground.
The 45-year-old driver from Jamaica, New York was injured in the wreck and cited for due care, according to a preliminary Tennessee Highway Patrol report.
Troopers believe the driver attempted to negotiate a right curve but failed to maintain lane of travel, causing the tractor-trailer to run off the roadway to the left. The truck struck a guardrail, overturned and rolled before coming to rest on its side in the median, according to the preliminary report.
The westbound left lane reopened around 10 p.m. As of that time, the eastbound left lane was still blocked. The road was clear and traffic flowing smoothly by Friday morning.