Livestock Hauler Carrying 3,000 Pigs Overturns on Interstate 70

( Illinois State Police )

A livestock hauler overturned on Interstate 70 in Illinois between Casey and Greenup on Friday, scattering 3,000 pigs about an hour south of Chicago, Illinois State Police said. 

According to police reports, approximately 100 pigs died in the crash and the remaining pigs were gathered and continued on to their destination in Indiana.

The truck ran off the interstate when the driver became ill, police said. The animals were loaded up by the Greenup Fire Protection District, Greenup and Casey police, the Illinois Department of Transportation and others.

The driver was cited for improper lane usage, according to the Herald & Review.

Trooper Tammy Welborn with the Illinois State Police in Effingham said the department is “thankful and proud” for the community effort in gathering up the pigs.

This follows a crash on Interstate 57 near Champaign, Ill., on March 1, which happened to be National Pig Day. A semi hauling pigs rolled over while merging onto northbound Interstate 57 north of the Interstate 74 interchange. 


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