INDIANAPOLIS - Crews worked to rescue thousands of baby pigs from an overturned semi on the city’s west side Thursday evening.
The accident happened near the northbound Interstate 465 ramp to westbound Interstate 74 around 7 p.m., officials with the Indiana State Police said.
ISP said the truck had 2,058 pigs on board at the time of the accident. Officers with Indianapolis Animal Care and Control and crews with the Wayne Township Fire Department were called to the scene to help rescue the trapped pigs.
Crews racing against time to save as many animals as possible. pic.twitter.com/E4ibR2kkaL— Wayne Twp Fire Dept (@Waynetwpfire) November 21, 2014
Baby pigs still being removed. They are being transferred to the State Fairgrounds. pic.twitter.com/UN7vPzX2Mi— Wayne Twp Fire Dept (@Waynetwpfire) November 21, 2014
This is one for the books in the city. Crews are being relieved by other fire crews due to the work load. pic.twitter.com/k9wSM89zPS— Wayne Twp Fire Dept (@Waynetwpfire) November 21, 2014
Wayne Township crews estimated roughly 500 pigs died in the incident. It was not yet clear how many others were injured.
The pigs that survived were taken to the Indiana State Fairgrounds for safe keeping.
Police said the truck was traveling from North Carolina to Iowa when it overturned. Another truck from Evansville came to get the surviving pigs.
The driver of the truck was not seriously injured.
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