Chicken parts cause traffic woes

A blanket of chicken parts strewn across Interstate 80 from a big rig crash caused traffic delays for inbound San Francisco drivers for about 90 minutes Thursday afternoon.

A westbound truck crashed into sand barrels at the Ninth Street exit and spilled its load of chicken heads, chicken feet and other unsavory poultry bits a little before 2 p.m., according to California Highway Patrol spokesman Shawn Chase.

Three westbound lanes and one off-ramp lane were closed for more than an hour, which caused major traffic problems, according to Chase.

“All the chicken fat and chicken gizzards made the road really slippery,' Chase said.

The truck driver “tried to hit the ramp and hit the barrels,” Chase said.

No one was injured in the accident, according to Chase. All lanes were eventually opened at 3:30 p.m.

In a separate accident on Thursday afternoon, a woman driving westbound on the Bay Bridge in a 1997 black Honda Accura at around 2:30 p.m. collided with a sign at the Treasure Island off-ramp according to CHP dispatch officer Peter Vaneckhardt.

The woman was driving unusually slowly before the crash and appeared to have been suffering from a medical problem at the time of the collision, according to Vaneckhardt.

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