A Dagsboro man was injured Wednesday when a tractor trailer loaded with live chickens lost its cargo before overturning east of Georgetown.
According to state police, the 1999 Freightliner tractor trailer was heading around a curve on southbound Gravel Hill Road near the intersection with Lewes-Georgetown Highway at about 6:15 p.m. when the trailer began to shift.
The momentum caused the tractor trailer's cargo of metal cages filled with live chickens bound for Mountaire Farms in Millsboro, to break free and spill onto the roadway.
Robert L. Boyce, a 56-year-old Dagsboro resident who was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Uplander north of Gravel Hill Road, saw the falling cages and attempted to swerve right.
The cages struck the minivan, which exited the east side of the roadway and entered a wooded area before coming to a stop.
The tractor trailer, meanwhile, continued south before overturning onto its left side.
Boyce, who was wearing a seatbelt, was extricated from his vehicle and taken to Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, where he was listed in fair condition as of Thursday evening.
The driver of the tractor trailer, 59-year-old Seaford resident Robert G. Brown, did not require medical attention, police said.
He later was cited for careless driving.
Gravel Hill Road between Pettyjohn Road and Lewes-Georgetown Highway was closed for about four hours while police investigated the crash and cleared the scene.