SALEM -- A tractor-trailer truck with crates of chickens strapped to its bed rolled in downtown Salem Tuesday morning, spilling birds onto the street.

The accident was reported just after 8 a.m. at Commercial and Division streets, dispatchers said.

Salem police Lt. Dave Okada said officers made a rough estimate that a thousand chickens were aboard, and some had died.

He said the police asked the local Humane Society for help in dealing with the chickens and clearing the street.

Okada said officers hadn't yet determined what caused the crash.

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