2200 Piglets Loose on Ohio, US Highway After Trailer Overturns

12 Jun 2015 3:05 PM | Deleted user

A trailer hauling 2,200 piglets crashed and overturned on an Ohio highway, forcing the road to be closed down for several hours Monday night while crews wrangled the horde of squealing pigs.

The Associated Press reported that the truck driver lost control and slammed into a guardrail, spilling the frightened piglets onto U.S. Route 35 in Xenia Township around 7:00 p.m.

"There's quite a few dead pigs," Xenia Fire Chief Dean Fox told the Dayton Daily News.

A number of agencies and volunteers, including area farmers who brought their own trailers to the scene, spent hours corralling the pigs. 1,500 of the animals were recovered and brought to the Greene County Fairgrounds. Another 400 of them had to be euthanized due to stress.

Volunteers were able to water down the pigs at the fairgrounds to calm them. Fox said the farmers and their trailers prevented more of the piglets from having to be put down.

Some of the animals ran into the woods nearby and it is unknown whether or not they will be recovered.

"If somebody finds a pig and wants to turn it in, call the local law enforcement and we'll try to take care of it," Fox told the Daily News.

Police also told WDTN-TV that the piglets might attract wild coyotes in the area.

The driver was headed to Shirley, Ind. from South Carolina and was cited for failure to control a motor vehicle. He was uninjured, but his fiancee who was riding with him was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Route 35 reopened at 3 a.m., after about 8 hours.

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