A semi tractor-trailer overturned Monday night into an embankment outside Dayton, Ohio, killing about half of the 2,200 piglets on board and sending hundreds of survivors fleeing into the nearby woods.
The Dayton Daily News reported that officials responded to the scene and found some animals crushed or suffocated. Other surviving piglets may have to be euthanized due to stress, the report said.
"There's quite a few pigs that got out and ran from the accident," a fire official told WLWT.com. "They're in the woods. I don't think we'll ever get all of them."
Several police and fire agencies from surrounding areas rounded up the piglets, who scattered into a wooded area by the side of the road. The recovered animals were taken to nearby fairgrounds to be given water by volunteers. The paper reported that the surviving pigs were taken early Tuesday morning to their destination.
The scene on State Route 35 was chaotic. Police said there was a sense of urgency because the piglets would likely attract hungry coyotes.
WXIX reported that the accident took place at around 7 p.m. Authorities say the driver of the semi trailer lost control and slammed into a guardrail. Reports say that two people were inside the truck at the time, and the passenger was taken to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
The accident closed the road for eight hours, The Dayton Daily News reported.
"If somebody finds a pig and wants to turn it in, call the local law enforcement and we’ll try to take care of it," Fire Chief Dean Fox told the paper.