100 Pigs Die in Louisville Semi Truck Crash

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A truck carrying finishing pigs overturned on an Interstate curve near downtown Louisville at about 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, report local police.

The accident shut down the Interstate 65 South ramp to Interstate 71 North and Interstate 64 East, where several pigs fell into the roadway. More than 100 of the pigs died or had to be euthanized due to injuries.

The truck was believed to be heading to the JBS Swift pork processing plant in Butchertown.

In an email to the Louisville Courier Journal, JBS USA spokesman Cameron Bruett said the truck and hogs involved in Wednesday's incident were not owned by the company.

"Upon request, we assisted authorities after the incident to help resolve the situation humanely and in a timely fashion," Bruett said. "Animal welfare is of the upmost importance to our company and we hope our efforts were helpful during this unfortunate incident."

Images from WHAS 11 show authories trying to corral the pigs.

The driver of the truck was taken to hospital with minor injuries. The interstate ramp was reopened by 3 p.m.

 

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