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article imageAuto-barn! Thousands of chickens block Austrian motorway

By AFP     Jul 4, 2017 in World

Emergency workers in Austria had an egg-stremely unusual operation on Tuesday removing an estimated 7,000 chickens which were blocking a busy motorway.

The birds' unexpected break for freedom came after the lorry transporting them lost its load on the A1 autobahn near Linz in the north of the country.

"Boxes containing dead and injured animals were strewn over a 160-metre (-yard) stretch (of road) while thousands of chickens ran onto the motorway on both sides," police said.

Chickens and their transport boxes pictured on the A1 highway in Asten near Linz  Austria  where a p...
Chickens and their transport boxes pictured on the A1 highway in Asten near Linz, Austria, where a poultry truck caused traffic chaos after losing its freight on July 4, 2017
FOTOKERSCHI.AT/KERSCHBAUMMAYR, APA/AFP

The incident closed the motorway towards the capital Vienna during the busy morning rush hour and caused long traffic jams in the other direction as drivers slowed down to look.

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