Over 2,000 piglets released on Ohio highway after truck overturns

June 9, 2015 06:01

A semi-trailer carrying about 2,200 baby pigs overturned on an Ohio highway on Monday night, an official said, forcing a lane closure as authorities frantically chased piglets over the roadway and into an adjacent woods.

Up to 15 local police and fire agencies were still trying to capture the pigs more than two hours after the accident on State Route 35 in Xenia Township, about 16 miles east of Dayton, said a dispatch operator for the Green County sheriff's department who did not want to be identified.

A short video of the incident posted online by the local Fox television station showed rescue workers trying to secure the squealing piglets, holding them by the hind legs and passing them into another truck.

The Dayton Daily News reported that about 200 pigs had been killed and that a female passenger in the semi-trailer had been injured. The details could not immediately be confirmed.

It was not immediately clear what caused the accident or how many piglets had been recovered.

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