Dozens of pigs run loose on Minnesota highway after truck overturns
Dozens of hogs made a break for it on a Minnesota highway after the semi-truck transporting them tipped over. The rig, which was carrying 50 pigs, overturned just after 7:30 a.m. on Friday while traveling north on Interstate 694 near Little Canada, roughly 10 miles north of St. Paul, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
The pigs scattered from the truck and were caught by city cameras trotting through the morning rush-hour traffic on both sides of the highway. On the northbound side of the highway, the pigs took over all four lanes of traffic, forcing drivers to travel along the shoulder and causing a mile-long backup until officials shut down the interstate for several hours.
It took officers from four departments, including neighboring officers, nearly four hours to corral the swines, several of which were injured. Sadly, 10 pigs were killed in the crash. The semi-truck driver was not hurt in the collision, according to Lt. Gordon Shank with the Minnesota State Patrol.
Investigators are still looking into what caused the semi to tip on its side as it navigated a curve on the interstate.
What caused the semi-truck to tip over?
Investigators are still looking into the cause of the accident.
Were any people hurt in the collision?
Thankfully, the semi-truck driver was not injured in the accident.
Were any of the pigs injured or killed in the accident?
Several pigs were injured in the incident, and unfortunately, 10 pigs were killed.
Where were the pigs being transported?
It is unclear where the pigs were being transported, but some of their backs were marked with painted numbers, indicating they could have been headed to a slaughterhouse.
Minnesota Highway Filled with Dozens of Pigs After Overturned Truck Incident
Dozens of hogs caused chaos on a Minnesota highway after a semi-truck carrying 50 of them tipped over on Friday. The pigs fled and ran on the highway, leading to a mile-long backup on the northbound lane of Interstate 694 near Little Canada. The authorities had to shut down the highway for several hours, and it took officers from four departments almost four hours to corral the swines. Unfortunately, 10 of the hogs were killed in the accident, and several of them were injured.
The accident happened just after 7:30 am when the semi-truck overturned while navigating a curve on the interstate, the Minnesota State Patrol said. The northbound side of the highway was closed to traffic due to the incident, and the pigs took over all four lanes, forcing drivers to travel along the shoulder.
The truck was carrying painted number tags on some of the hogs’ backs, possibly indicating they were being transported to a slaughterhouse. The semi-truck driver was unharmed in the collision, while the authorities are still investigating what caused the incident.