Dozens of pigs roam highway after tractor trailer overturns

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A tractor trailer hauling pigs overturned in Colorado on Monday, closing the Interstate for nearly 5 hours.

It happened on September 11th on Interstate 70 outside of Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

According to the Post Independent, at approximately 1:15 p.m. a tractor trailer, traveling west of the No Name tunnel at mile marker 117.5, lost control and struck a highway guardrail, causing the truck to overturn.

The load of pigs were able to escape the damaged trailer after the truck tipped over.

A veterinarian was called to the scene to treat the injured pigs and keep the remaining animals calm. Around 25 pigs were killed in the accident.

The truck driver was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Westbound I-70 was closed for roughly 5 hours as police, firefighters, and DOT employees attempted to capture the remaining pigs and place them in a temporary pig pen on the side of the road. There were approximately 100 surviving pigs.

By approximately 6 p.m., most of the pigs had been cleared from the scene and the highway was reopened.

The Colorado Department of Transportation captured this footage on location.