What happened when a truck carrying 2,500 pigs overturned on I-75 ramp

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WATCH: Tractor-Trailer Carrying 2,500 Piglets Overturns on Freeway

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A tractor-trailer hauling 2,500 pigs overturned on the ramp from northbound Interstate 75 to westbound I-70 on Thursday night, leading some of those animals to escape out of the trailer.

The crash happened shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday. The truck driver, who was not injured, will be cited for failure to control, officials said.

The truck was carrying the piglets to a farm in Indiana. Most survived the wreck, though the exact number will not be known until the living pigs are sorted and counted once they arrive at the farm, said Sgt. Dallas Root of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Dayton Post.

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Only the far left lane was open for traffic on I-75 while crews handled the incident.

“We’re going to get a secondary truck here to unload it,” Root said at the scene before the piglets were transferred to the second trailer.

While the sergeant said alcohol and drugs are not suspected, “I would say speed could have something to do with it.”

“As you can tell a lot of times especially in this 70-75 corridor we do have a lot of semi trucks that do overturn going around these lengthy turns. A lot of times it seems to be eastbound to northbound. It’s not as common to have northbound to westbound but that’s what we have tonight,” Root said.

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