According to Washington State Patrol, the crash happened around 3:30 a.m. on I-5 just south of S. 320th St.
The truck driver, who was hauling 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers to Mount Vernon, told news station King5 that he fell asleep at the wheel, crashing into a guardrail and then overcorrecting, causing his truck to overturn. Trooper Rick Johnson says the driver reported he didn't feel exhausted and had plenty of rest, including the weekend off, and his logbooks were in order.
The feathers were reportedly being transported from Foster Farms.
WSDOT shared a post on Twitter putting the massive feather spill in perspective.
Chicken feather spill on I-5 causes a fowl mess
All lanes were blocked at one point Wednesday morning as crews worked to clean up the fowl mess - causing delays for driver heading both directions.
It added, "With ~ 8,000 feathers on a hen that is almost 2,300 chickens value of feathers".
The division later mentioned in one other message, "One among our visitors engineers did the math - 40,000 lbs of hen feathers = ~18 million feathers (they nonetheless weigh the identical as 40,000 lbs of bricks, nonetheless)".
The News Tribune newspaper of Tacoma reports traffic backed up for 11 miles (18 kilometers) as crews scooped up the feathers. "Three lanes are open now, but travel times on NB I-5 and alternate routes are running very high", transportation officials said.More news: Trump Weighs New Tariffs on Imported Vehicles
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