Source: Courier Journal
More than 100 pigs died when a tractor-trailer overturned Wednesday morning on an interstate curve near downtown Louisville, police said.
The truck carrying livestock overturned about 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, shutting down the Interstate 65 South ramp to Interstate 71 North and Interstate 64 East and causing numerous pigs to fall onto the roadway.
The ramp was closed for hours, and was back open by 3 p.m. according to authorities.
Louisville Metro Police spokesman Matthew Sanders said 178 hogs were inside the tractor-trailer, and 110 of them were killed or had to be euthanized because of injuries suffered in the crash.
Sanders said the truck was believed to be headed to the JBS Swift pork processing plant in Butchertown.
In an email to the Courier Journal, JBS USA spokesman Cameron Bruett said the truck and hogs involved in Wednesday’s incident were not owned by the company.
“Upon request, we assisted authorities after the incident to help resolve the situation humanely and in a timely fashion,” Bruett said. “Animal welfare is of the upmost importance to our company and we hope our efforts were helpful during this unfortunate incident.”
The driver of the truck was taken to the University of Louisville Hospital but did not suffer any life-threatening injuries, Sanders said.