Overturned poultry truck fowls up traffic on Del. 1

FREDERICA – A crash on Del. 1 involving an overturned poultry truck snarled traffic Monday afternoon, creating prolonged delays and nightmares for motorists between Dover and Frederica.

The tractor-trailer crash occurred at approximately 1:13 p.m., according to Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe.

It closed both lanes of southbound Del. 1 at North Frederica (Exit 86) for hours. As of 5:50 p.m. Monday, Cpl. Jaffe said she had not received official word the road has reopened.

The driver of the tractor trailer sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital, according to Cpl. Jaffe.

A tractor-trailer with a cargo of chickens overturned Monday afternoon on Del. 1 near Frederica, causing lengthy traffic delays in Kent County. (Photo courtesy of Delaware Breaking News/L. Robertson).

Vehicles heading southbound crept along Del. 1, jamming three lanes of traffic as they merged onto the Frederica exit and traveled along Route 12. The backup grew as rush hour approached, with the delays beginning just south of the Dover Air Force Base.

Emergency personnel and first responders on the scene of the overturned poultry truck near Frederica Monday. (Photo courtesy of Delaware Breaking News/L. Robertson)

Motorists were alerted by state police and Delaware’s Department of Transportation of potential delays in that area and advised to seek alternate travel routes.