03/14/2012 07:54 EDT | Updated 05/14/2012 05:12 EDT

Chickens loose on Highway 401 after crash

Ontario Agriculture Ministry workers are helping provincial police round up chickens loose on Highway 401 between the eastern Ontario towns of Cardinal and Iroquois after a tractor-trailer transporting the poultry overturned Wednesday morning.

The westbound lanes of the highway are expected to reopen by noon after police closed them after the crash, which happened at about 5 a.m. ET Wednesday.

Emergency crews are working at clearing the wreckage, which blocked much of the westbound lanes of the 401, just west of Carman Road near Iroquois.

Police had corralled the chickens on the highway median before they got loose again, forcing closure of the eastbound lanes for part of the morning. The eastbound lanes have since reopened.

The driver of the tractor-trailer suffered minor injuries, police said.