700 pigs dead after crash on interstate

(Provided Photo/Wayne Township Fire Department

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Fire officials said around 700 baby pigs died after a truck overturned on the west side of Indianapolis Thursday night.

According to Wayne Township Fire Capt. Mike Pruitt, a truck driver carrying 2,000 pigs from North Carolina to Iowa lost control getting off at I-465 northbound at the I-74 westbound ramp.

Fire crews had to build corrals in the middle of the interstate to keep the pigs in while they rescued the others trapped in the overturned truck.

Pruitt said about 700 pigs died when the truck rolled to its side reducing the area where the pigs could move around.

As of 10 p.m., firefighters were still in the process of transferring the pigs from the crash scene to the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Pruitt said the company who was receiving the pigs in Iowa will eventually come get the pigs from the fairgrounds.

Officials said the driver of the truck and a passenger were not injured in the crash.

See video of Wayne Township firefighters transferring the pigs:

 

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