Pigs Shut Down I-40 in Snow-Struck North Carolina


A truck full of pigs overturned in western North Carolina and closed down part of the interstate on Monday, adding to traffic delays from the weekend’s snowstorm. 

The North Carolina Department of Transportation said the semi overturned on Interstate 40 westbound near the Tennessee line around 11:30 a.m. 

Highway Patrol First Sgt. Mike Baker estimated 100 pigs were aboard the truck and said some died in the crash. Local farmers helped gather the rest of the pigs wandering along the snowy shoulder of the road.

Baker said the driver suffered serious injuries. The roads were clear at the time of the crash, Baker said. He believes the crash may have been caused by speed.

Haywood County, the location of the accident, saw up to 16 isnow strucknches of snow Sunday, making the curvy interstate roads especially treacherous through the county’s mountain passes, said an article in the Charlotte Observer

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