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Matt Highway reopens after chicken truck overturns
Closure lasted seven hours
chicken truck smoke
Smoke billows from the refrigeration unit of the overturned tractor-trailer. - photo by Jim Dean

Part of a busy north Forsyth highway has reopened after a tractor trailer loaded with frozen chickens overturned Wednesday morning.

The truck crashed about 9 a.m. at 6080 Hwy. 369, just west of Doc Bramblett Road.

The highway was closed between Doc Bramblett and Wallace Tatum roads for seven hours. Forsyth County Sheriff's Capt. Tim House said it reopened at 4 p.m.

House said the driver, 58-year-old Robert Major Eason of Cleveland, was cited for failure to maintain lane.

No other vehicles were involved.

House said the truck was eastbound when Eason apparently overcorrected and lost control of the truck, causing it to overturn. Alcohol did not appear to be a factor.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said the driver was taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

Shivers said the poultry was removed from the truck and representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture arrived to ensure that all of it was destroyed.

Shivers said the chickens were being hauled in plastic totes packed in ice and spilled out when the truck overturned.

He said he did not know how many pounds of chicken were in the truck, only that it was hauling a full load.

"We're there because of the dangers associated with an overturned vehicle," Shivers said.

"There was a very minor diesel fuel leak and a minor oil leak from the tractor, but nothing that was of a terribly serious nature. We have to remain on scene during the recovery process."