Semi crash spills 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers near Seattle

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Semi crash spills 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers on I-5 near Seattle, Wednesday, May 23, 2018
FEDERAL WAY, Wash.  Morning commutes can be messy around the Seattle area, but perhaps none messier than Wednesday morning’s after a semi driver hauling tons of chicken feathers flipped over on Interstate 5 in Federal Way, spilling feathers all over the freeway and median.The driver told KOMO News he briefly fell asleep as he was driving north near South 320th Street, causing him to lose control of the semi. The crash spilled about 40,000 pounds of feathers, blocking much of the freeway as the morning commute began. For those who don’t want to do the math, WSDOT engineers did it for you, estimating that meant around 18 million feathers on board.

The driver wasn’t hurt and no other vehicles were involved in the crash, according to the Washington State Patrol. All lanes of the freeway were reopened as of 7:30 a.m.

The driver said the chicken feathers were on their way to Canada.

The state patrol said drivers who are determined to have fallen asleep at the wheel are generally cited with negligent driving, which carries a $550 fine.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, citing the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission, drowsy driving led to 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths in 2013. These numbers may even be underestimated, possibly linking drowsy driving to up to 6,000 fatal crashes each year.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Source: KOMO