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Seven mile traffic backups reported after truck dumps 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers on I-5


Massive delays during the morning rush hour ruffled some feathers for commuters after a truck overturned and spilled its load of chicken feathers on the interstate in Federal Way, Washington.

The crash happened at 3:20 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-5 at S. 320th.

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.

The truck driver wasn’t seriously injured in the crash. He said that it was his first crash in 27 years.

All lanes of northbound I-5 were closed for hours while crews worked to clean up the mess of feathers. Though all lanes except for the HOV lane were reopened by 7 a.m., backups of seven miles were reported.

WSDOT shared a post on Twitter putting the massive feather spill in perspective.


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