How Hundreds of Piglets Ended Up Loose in Ohio

A semitrailer packed with 2,200 of them overturned
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 9, 2015 12:09 AM CDT
An officer passes off a pig after a semitrailer carrying about 2,200 pigs overturned on a highway in Xenia Township, near Dayton, Ohio.   (Jim Noelker/The Dayton Daily News via AP)
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(Newser) – A semitrailer carrying 2,200 piglets has overturned on an Ohio highway and hundreds of the animals are believed to still be on the loose. Numerous agencies and volunteers worked to corral the animals after the crash last night on US Route 35 in Xenia Township, near Dayton. Crews picked up the squealing pigs by their hind legs and they were taken to Greene County Fairgrounds. Authorities say 300 to 400 pigs were killed, and more of the animals ran into a nearby wooded area. Authorities say the driver of the semitrailer, which was traveling from South Carolina to Indiana, lost control and slammed into a guardrail. He was not hurt, but a female passenger was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

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