Truck carrying 2,200 pigs overturns on Ohio highway

A truck carrying hundreds of pigs crashed on an Ohio highway. (Courtesy WDTN/June 9, 2015)


XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – An Ohio highway has reopened after a semi-truck carrying 2,200 piglets crashed Monday night, shutting it down for hours.

The crash was reported at 7 p.m., shutting down both west and east bound lanes of the US Route 35 bypass in Xenia Township near Dayton.

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Dispatchers believe at least 300-400 pigs were killed.  Another 1,500 were captured. Authorities said the piglets were mostly in the wooded area near the crash scene.

There were multiple fire departments and law enforcement agencies on the scene throughout the night, as well as park rangers and farmers who worked to corral the pigs.  A company from Cleveland is driving down to pick them up.

Police say the truck was on the west bound ramp when he lost control and veered into a guardrail. There were two people traveling in the truck. The passenger suffered a minor injury and was removed to the hospital for treatment. The truck was en route from South Carolina to Indiana.

The live pigs are being taken to the Greene County Fairgrounds where they will be cared for properly.

Crews worked throughout the night, reopening the roadway around 2:30 Tuesday morning.

Authorities ask that if you see a piglet in your yard or on the road, call police.

Police also worry that the pigs might attract coyotes looking for a meal.

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This story was originally reported on WDTN-TV.

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