Semi Accident Scatters Pigs Across Interstate 35 in Iowa

( Iowa Department of Public Safety )

Motorists on Interstate Highway 35 East were slowed down Thursday when a semi hauling 1,738 pigs overturned at the north onramp at the East Mixmaster in Des Moines, Iowa. 

Around 1:30 p.m., the semi lost control and turned over on its side in the eastbound lanes of the I-80/35 onramp to northbound I-35, KCCI Des Moines reports.

No people were injured in the accident, but there is no confirmation on how many pigs were injured or died in the crash.

Iowa State Patrol troopers had to close the ramp at times as crews worked diligently to catch the wandering piglets, the Associated Press reports.

Authorities worked alongside the Animal Rescue League of Iowa to help transfer the animals to other trailers for transport to their destination. Just over two hours later, all of the pigs were secured. 

On any given day, more than a million pigs are transported on U.S. roads to farm sites or to market. While pork producers and truckers work together to keep pigs safe en route, planning for the unlikely event of a truck rollover, an accident, truck engine failure or another emergency can’t be left to chance, says the National Pork Board on the Pork Checkoff website. For more information, read their blog, Safe Transport of Pigs Starts with Planning.

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