500 baby pigs die after trapped in overturned semi on I-465 ramp

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.

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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