05/11/2015 07:49 EDT | Updated 05/11/2016 05:59 EDT

Chickens escape amid Hwy. 401 truck fire

Emergency crews scrambled to round up dozens of chickens who escaped onto Highway 401 when a truck that was transporting them caught fire.

The transport truck caught fire around 2:45 a.m. on the westbound 401 near Mavis Road in Mississauga.

Firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze, which appeared to originate in the rear of the trailer.

Police officers and other first responders pulled chicken cages off the burning truck and tried to corral birds that were running free near the roadway.

Eventually, after several hours, the chickens were loaded onto a second truck and the roadway was reopened.

Officials didn't say how many birds died in the fire.