Semi Crash Scatters Pigs Across Interstate 74 in Illinois

A worker uses a campaign sign to help move pigs on the shoulder of westbound Interstate 74 near Urbana, Ill.
( Stephen Haas, Champaign News-Gazette )

Two men were injured and pigs were scattered along Interstate 74 near Urbana, Ill., on Friday after a midday accident caused by a deer.

A driver was headed west on I-74 driving a pickup truck when a deer ran in front of him, said the Illinois State Police at Pesotum. He braked to avoid hitting the deer, which caused a semi driver hauling pigs to hit the rear of the pickup. 

The Champaign News-Gazette said the collision caused the pickup to spin to the left shoulder and the semi to jackknife and overturn on the driver's side. The center and right lanes of westbound I-74 were blocked for about an hour.

About three dozen pigs spilled out of the trailer. They were eventually contained in a nearby ditch.

Police said both drivers were taken to an area hospital. The pickup truck driver’s injuries were described as serious and the semi driver’s as non-life-threatening. According to the Champaign News-Gazette, both men were wearing seat belts. No tickets were issued.