A woman and dozens of pigs died Thursday night after a semi filled with pigs crossed the I-15 median and struck a vehicle, pushing it into a 100-foot ravine in Beaver County, Utah, officials said.
The semi was southbound on the freeway when it drifted off the left shoulder, drove through the median into the northbound lanes and struck a Kia Optima about 11:30 p.m., Utah Highway Patrol officials said.
The Kia landed at the bottom of a 100-foot embankment six miles south of Cove Fort. A rescue team reached the car, but the driver, 41-year-old Jaime Demille of Cedar City, had died on initial impact with the semi.
Investigators are still investigating the cause of the accident, possibly caused by illness and fatigue. Both the truck driver and his co-driver were transported to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Nearly 160 pigs were on the trailer at the time of the crash. Some pigs survived, but many were severely injured or killed.
The right lane of the freeway was closed for over nine hours while crews cleaned up the crash and investigators collected evidence.