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23,000 Pounds of Turkeys Spilled on Bay Area Highway

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A truck carrying frozen turkeys overturned along 680 near San Ramon. Courtesy: KTVU


A truckload of turkeys avoided a Thanksgiving table, but ended up spilled on a Bay Area highway Wednesday morning.

Around 2 a.m., CHP officers responded to a truck overturned on an exit ramp of I-680 in Contra Costa County.

The truck was carrying more than 20,000 pounds of frozen turkeys, which spilled out onto the roadway when the truck crashed. The birds were headed for Costco in Tracy.

The off-ramp was blocked for most of the morning commute in San Ramon, it is expected to open around 10 a.m.

The turkeys were moved to another truck, and fuel from the overturned truck will need to be cleaned up before the off-ramp will reopen.

Those turkeys thawed while out on the roadway, and will have to be thrown out.

An earlier version of this story stated the amount of turkey was 40,000 pounds, this number was updated after clean-up to closer to 23,000 pounds.