Lorry carrying thousands of chickens overturns closing major UK road in both directions

A lorry carrying thousands of chickens overturned today, causing chaos on a major A road.

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, the A5 – a busy road in North Wales – was closed in both directions, due to the collision.

The crash saw the vehicle carrying the birds turn on its side, near the Goat Inn at Maerdy, Conwy county. But luckily the birds inside were unhurt.

However, the 6,400 livestock had to be removed from the vehicle, before it was put back on its wheels, according to North Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

A lorry from the same haulage firm was also sent to the scene to help with the removal of the chickens.

Further to this, the fire service said that a crew from Wrexham and its environmental protection unit also arrived to the scene to prevent fuel from the overturned vehicle spilling over into the watercourse.

An eyewitness added that the lorry was lying on its left side at an angle, up against a stone wall before two cranes arrived to put the vehicle back on its four wheels.

At the time of the incident, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service put out a statement on social media.

They wrote on Twitter: “We’re in attendance at a road traffic collision involving a heavy goods vehicle carrying 6400 livestock chickens on the A5 at Maerdy, Llangwm, Conwy.

“The road had been closed and will remain closed until further notice.”

In a statement, the fire and rescue service gave some more information regarding the collision.

They said: “Crews were called to the scene of a road traffic collision involving a heavy goods vehicle at 05.02am this morning on the A5 at Llangwm, Conwy.

“Firefighters from Corwen and Wrexham and the Environmental Protection Unit attended the scene to deal with the incident which involved an overturned heavy goods vehicle carrying 6,400 livestock chickens.

“One crew from Wrexham and the Environmental Protection Unit remain at the scene and are working to prevent fuel from the overturned vehicle entering the watercourse.

“The road had been closed and will remain closed until further notice.”

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed to The Mirror this afternoon that they are no longer at the scene, and left the incident at around 1:30pm.

They handed it over to North Wales police and the county highway department.

North Wales Police have been contacted by the Mirror for a statement.