Major road closed overnight after chicken lorry overturns

The A49 is closed after a lorry overturned with 5,000 chickens on board this morning. Herefordshire County Council tweeted at 10.23am: “A49 – Southbound between A417 and with the junction A4103, Dinmore is currently closed due to an RTC. Emergency services on the scene.

There will be delayed traffic for some time. Motorists are advised to find an alternative route.” West Mercia Police have said that they expect the road to be closed overnight.

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A spokesperson for the police said: “At around 9.35am today (July 1), we were called to reports of a road traffic incident on the A49 between Hereford and Leominster involving an artic lorry carrying 5,580 chickens. “No-one was injured in the incident, however the road has been closed due to an oil spillage and diversions are in place. “Highways England is currently assessing the road to determine how long the closure will need to remain in place.

“A vet has also been called to attend to the needs of the chickens.” A spokesperson for Highways England South West said “a lorry carrying 5,000 chickens overturned on Dinmore Hill, south of Leominster, shortly after 9am on Thursday morning”. They were unable to say when the road would be fully open again.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service was called at 9.43am today. They sent two crews to the area, one from Hereford and another from Leominster, they said that they were called because of reports of “an overturned lorry and diesel spill”. An engineer was also on site to “isolate” the lorry, and crews contained the fuel spillage.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the scene, but stood down en route as there were no injuries reported.