Tractor-trailer spills load of lobsters onto highway in Nova Scotia

A stretch of road on Nova Scotia's south shore has been cleared after a truckload of lobsters was spilled in a crash.

Police say a tractor-trailer carrying live lobsters crashed near Port Mouton on Saturday morning while trying to avoid an animal.

R-C-M-P say the cargo spilled onto  Highway 103, blocking a lane for hours.

They say the truck driver was taken to hospital and later released.

A bystander says people pillaged the crates of lobsters despite officers' instructions not to disturb the scene.

Vicki Grant says the shoulder of the highway was littered with discarded crustaceans around 12 hours after the crash.

Grant says poachers combed the area trying to fill their bags with the healthiest-looking lobsters.

She says she was tempted to take one home for dinner, but she couldn't get over the fishy smell.