Truck rolls, spilling chickens in downtown Salem



Chickens remain in their cages as a truck carrying hundreds of chickens tipped over onto a Honda dealership north of downtown Salem, Ore., on Tuesday July 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Statesman-Journal, Kobbi R. Blair)

SALEM, Ore. — A truck with bins of chickens on its bed rolled into a Honda dealership Tuesday morning in downtown Salem, spilling birds onto the street.

Police Lt. Dave Okada said officers estimated that roughly a thousand chickens were aboard and called for help from the local Humane Society.

Some birds lay lifeless in the street, and others walked slowly in circles.

There was no immediate estimate of the number of chickens killed.

The driver was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Police say the accident was caused either by excessive speed or a shift in the load.

Photos on the Salem Statesman Journal website showed dozens of chickens, many alive and loose, at the crash scene near a car dealership.