Two hundred dead chickens splattered across M5 motorway leaving drivers feeling sick at the stench

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DRIVERS were left horrified after the carcasses of 200 dead chickens splattered over a motorway.

The scene of devastation was caught on camera by passing motorists on the M5 – with some saying the smell was so bad it made them want to vomit.

Drivers had to endure the sight of hundreds of chicken carcasses on the M5
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Major delays were reported on the M5 near Exeter in Devon
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There were long tailbacks on the busy stretch near Exeter, Devon, as the road was closed at Junction 29 to clear the birds.

Devon Live reported that the motorway was closed for six hours until after 9pm for the massive clean-up operation on Sunday evening.

Passenger Natasha Yates said: “The smell is revolting and we have been queued back from Taunton Dean services for over an hour.”

The sight of carcasses and innards was so horrible that it caused one motorist to nearly vomit.

The couple, on their home to Paignton from Nottingham, started filming as they approached – and were shocked by what they saw.

The driver, who asked not to be named, said: “The chickens were already dead. We don’t want to upset anybody.

“It wasn’t so much the smell that upset me. It was the sight of all the dead chickens and their innards and giblets all over the road in front of me that made me feel sick.

“They were everywhere. It was really horrible.”


Other drivers questioned why the road had been closed for so long.

One wrote on Facebook: “Just can’t understand how cleaning up chickens can take five hours,”

Another commented: “Any news on the M5? Apparently been closed since 3.30pm due to dead chickens on the road. Seems absolutely ridiculous to be affected for this long.”


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