A livestock hauler overturned in eastern Illinois on Friday dumping nearly 3,000 pigs on the highway and killing about 100 of them, according to Illinois State Police.
The crash happened on Interstate 70 between the city of Casey and Greenup, officials said. Casey is about 100 miles west of Indianapolis.
A photo released by state police shows some of the surviving pigs wallowing in the mud next to the vehicle. “Troopers are on scene assisting with corralling the spa goers!,” the tweet made by police said.
Illinois State Police say the surviving pigs were recaptured and have continued to their destination in Indiana.
The crash, which occurred around 8 a.m., happened because the driver had fallen ill, The Tribune-Star reported. The driver was cited for improper lane usage.
“Here’s Trooper Jenkins hamming it up with a customer this morning!” the agency captioned a photo on Facebook that thanked officers. The photo shows a female trooper carrying a small white pig with a man in the background carrying a piglet in each arm.
This is far from the first time that a crash set pigs free on a highway.
On March 1, a crash in Illinois caused pigs to run wild on Interstate 57 near the city of Champaign. That truck was carrying 178 pigs and shut down part of the freeway.
In 2017, dozens of pigs were set free after the truck carrying them crashed and exploded outside Dallas. That same year, there was a similar occurrence when a tractor-trailer overturned on an interstate highway in Kentucky.
Hundreds of piglets were also killed after a tractor-trailer carrying thousands of them tipped over in Ohio in 2015.
Contributing: Associated Press
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