Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Sister Newspapers' News

September 13, 2012

Pigs escape captivity, at least temporarily

TARBORO, N.C. — A truckload of pigs on their way to market got a last-minute reprieve when it flipped, creating a scene along a rural U.S. highway.

The accident left dozens of hogs roaming the side of the road, but the swine’s stay was made more enjoyable when they discovered a muddy ditch nearby.

The driver of the tractor-trailer said the load shifted, causing the vehicle to leave he roadway. An investigating officer said he didn’t see any signs of high speed or reckless driving.

About 100 pigs were being transported on the truck at the time of the accident.

A volunteer firefighter who assisted in the clean up, said the pigs that made it to the ditch couldn’t have been happier. “I ain’t seen a hog yet that doesn’t like the mud,” he said. “That’s probably the dirtiest that hog’s been in his whole life,” pointing to one wallowing in the ditch.

The firefighters sprayed water from a fire hose onto the overturned tractor-trailer to give the contained sows some relief.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture was called in to determine the animals’ fate.

---

Details for this story were provided by The Daily Southerner in Tarboro, N.C.

1
Text Only
Sister Newspapers' News
Sister Newspaper Columns
AP Editor's Picks Video
Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 U.N. School in Gaza Hit by Israeli Strike Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Officials Warn of Avoidable Death in Hot Cars Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record
National and World