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Cluckin' Chaos! Major Delays As Truck Holding 3,500 Chickens Rolls On Highway

Traffic has finally started moving six hours after a truck carrying thousands of live chickens crashed on a freeway in Adelaide, causing serious delays.

The accident blocked all three city-bound lanes on the South Eastern Freeway, close to the Crafers exit.

The truck is believed to have been carrying around 3,500 chickens at the time of the crash on Monday morning.

The freeway was closed for several hours while crew cleaned up dead chickens, loading them into crates.

Police said the road had been blocked since 3.30am after the semi-trailer skidded past the Crafers turn-off.

A worker at JS Transport Group, which is believed to own the truck, declined to comment when contacted by 10 daily.

Trucks backed up on the freeway. Image: Supplied/ Chris Ryan

Earlier, close to 100 trucks were waiting for the road to reopen and a number of buses were stuck, causing major headaches for those travelling into the city.

Senior Constable Abbott said most of the chickens were still in their crates.

"There's not a lot of loose chickens around the place," he told ABC.

Motorists heading towards the city were crawling slowly along the Mt Lofty scenic route due to fallen trees.

After hours of bumper-to-bumper traffic, vehicles are now flowing through the freeway and into the city.

Contact Eden at egillespie@networkten.com.au