The A65 has been opened after a lorry carrying 9,000 live chickens in crates overturned in the early hours of this morning.

The road was closed for over eleven hours following the collision for the recovery work which was described as 'complex' by police.


Inspector Jo Fawcett said: “The RSPCA and a vet were called promptly to the incident and remain on the scene now. They will be offloading the crates of chickens in order to safeguard the birds.

“Inevitably there will be some fatalities but the vet and RSPCA are there to ensure this is minimalised.

“This will need to be done before the vehicle is recovered.”

Police were called at 1.48am this morning to reports of an overturned lorry, around one mile from the motorway junction.