HOUSTON -

The Highway 288 southbound lanes at the South Loop have reopened as of 7:53 a.m.

A trucker is being cited after a crash that spilled chicken parts all over the South Loop near the exit to Highway 288, Houston police said.

Just after 11:15 p.m., investigators said the trucker started to take the exit, but changed his mind at the last minute.

They said he swerved off the freeway into a grassy area, drove down an embankment, and then through a metal guard rail along the side of Highway 288.

The 18-wheeler finally came to rest after hitting a concrete pillar, according to police.

The force of the crash tore open the back of the trailer spilling hundreds of pounds of chicken giblet and gizzard boxes and raw poultry all over the road. 

The driver of the 18-wheeler suffered minor injures and was treated at the scene according to investigators.

There was some major damage to the freeway, but crews said the highway remained structurally sound.

He was cited for failing to control his vehicle.