MERCED COUNTY -- One dead chicken, 40,000 pounds of frozen chicken and an overturned big rig was more than enough to snarl traffic on Highway 99 south of Livingston for several hours Friday, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Officers said the driver of the truck, who wasn't identified, suffered minor injuries. He was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the CHP.
The truck was transporting a load of boxed, frozen chicken in its 40-foot cargo trailer. About 1:15 p.m., the CHP said, the big rig was heading north on Highway 99 about two miles south of Livingston when it drifted off the road, hit a guardrail and toppled into a ditch that runs along the shoulder of the freeway.