You're free. YOU'RE FREE! Run for your lives, little birds. You shouldn't have to be packed into crates (as pictured here) in order to become a succulent meal. You see, an estimated 2,500 chickens caused a major traffic jam this morning after a truck carrying 5,000 live chickens (no!) got into an accident on Interstate 80 near Vacaville.

LA Times has the story:

The driver of the chicken truck had apparently fallen asleep and was swerving on the freeway. The other truck, carrying jugs of water, was stopped on the shoulder with mechanical problems. He tried to radio the poultry truck driver to wake him up, but got no response. The trucks clipped each other, and one of the trailers carrying the chickens jack-knifed and spilled the chicken crates onto the road.

Not all of the chickens made it out alive. But we do hope some of the poultry ended up, like, someplace nice with lots of gain and grass and talking grasshoppers. We'd like to believe that this tragic story has a Pixar ending.