One driver died and another was seriously injured early Wednesday in a crash that involved two Foster Farms trucks on northbound Highway 41 south of Fresno, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The highway's northbound lanes were closed as emergency workers picked up debris and chickens thrown to the roadway from the first Foster Farms truck. The lanes were reopened about 8:40 a.m., according to CHP.
The chain-reaction crash began about 3 a.m. in heavy fog north of Central Avenue. A Foster Farms big rig driver stopped on the side of the highway and got out of the cab for an undisclosed reason, CHP Sgt. Lennie Sherman said.
Moments later, an unloaded fuel tanker slammed into the first truck, pinning the Foster Farms driver under the wreckage for about 40 minutes. He sustained major injuries and was later pronounced dead at Community Regional Medical Center, the CHP said.
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A short time later, the pickup truck crashed into the wreckage. Then a second Foster Farms truck crashed into the first three vehicles.
The driver of the fuel truck sustained major injuries. The pickup driver sustained minor injuries.
The CHP said another Foster Farms truck was coming from Turlock to collect the chickens.