A big rig loaded with chickens rolled over on a remote San Diego County highway tonight and caught fire, sending a flock of live poultry running onto the roadway, California Highway Patrol officials said.

NBC7 reported there were about 150 chickens running free in the area.

The crash was reported at 8:40 p.m. on Highway 94 near Dulzura in eastern San Diego County, near Tecate, Mexico, a CHP dispatcher said.

Two other vehicles collided trying to avoid the crash, the CHP said.

The truck driver suffered minor injuries, according to the dispatcher.

The company that owns the chickens sent a truck to pick up the wayward birds, she said. Tow trucks were ordered to pick up the burned semi-truck and its trailer.

A SigAlert was issued in the area until the chickens could be corralled and wreckage removed, the CHP said.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.