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Reprieve was brief for pigs that survived rolled truck on Louisville interstate

A semi carrying pigs overturned and caught fire Wednesday morning in Louisville.
A semi carrying pigs overturned and caught fire Wednesday morning in Louisville. WDRB News

A second chance at life did not last long for the surviving pigs of Wednesday’s tractor-trailer accident in Louisville, according to media reports.

Crash-injured pigs were euthanized, according to officials, while the rest met their fate at the JBS Swift pork processing plant in Louisville, WAVE 3 reported.

While carrying 150 pigs, the tractor-trailer overturned about 9:30 a.m. in downtown Louisville.

According to WDRB, the accident occurred on the northbound Interstate 65 ramp to eastbound Interstate 64.

The truck caught fire after the crash. Some pigs were killed, and several ran loose on the highway.

WAVE 3 News’ Maira Ansari reported that pigs trapped in the truck screamed and threw themselves around the truck.

Police say the 150 pigs were headed to the Swift plant in a section of Louisville known as Butchertown, according to Associated Press.

The driver was taken to University of Louisville Hospital with minor injuries. No other vehicles were involved, according to WAVE 3.

The ramp was shut down for clean up and traffic was diverted to I-71 north.

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