The chickens, being transported south to the SuperCheap store in Phuket City from the neighboring province of Phang Nga, took flight one last time when the driver lost control of the pickup about 9am.
''The vehicle skidded across the road and crashed into a tree in the central safety strip,'' said Lieutenant Kaisorn Boonprasop, of Thalang Police Station. ''The driver simply said he lost control.''
The crash came as the pickup approached the t-junction in Thepkasattri Road leading to Phuket International Airport.
The chickens were loaded onto another pickup and were last sighted heading for the SuperCheap store.