DULZURA, Calif. - A Sig Alert was in effect for state Route 94 in Dulzura after a semi-truck that was hauling chickens rolled over and caught fire.
The incident occurred at about 8:50 p.m. Monday on the westbound side, near 16985 state Route 94. The road reopened around 1 a.m. Tuesday, according to the California Highway Patrol.
About 200 hundred chickens were on board the truck. About a dozen escaped and a few were killed in the crash.
The driver told the CHP he saw a deer, swerved and then lost control of the truck, which struck a fence and a tree before overturning.
"We heard a loud explosion and I looked out the window and I saw a semi-truck sliding," said neighbor Jerry Arnold, who came outside to help. "It already slid into the tree and exploded and half the truck was on fire inside. Flames were coming out and I thought he was almost toast … barely fit through the window. We got him out, got him on the ground, pulled him away and the truck exploded."
A tweet from Cal Fire said the fire had been knocked down. The driver of the semi-truck suffered minor injuries.