Chicken trailer catches fire on motorway

A trailer loaded with more than 2,000 chickens caught fire on Wednesday evening on Austria's A9 motorway in Traboch, Upper Styria. Hundreds of the birds are reported to have died.

Chicken trailer catches fire on motorway
Chickens. File photo: APA/dpa

It is thought that the truck which was attached to the trailer had a brake defect which caused a tyre to blow out and started a fire.

The driver, a 40-year-old Romanian, stopped the vehicle and detached the trailer but by the time the fire brigade arrived the trailer was fully ablaze.

The surviving chickens were transferred to a second truck and the dead birds were disposed of. Part of the motorway was closed for four hours for a clean-up.

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