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100 Pigs Die After Truck Overturns on Kentucky Interstate
USAgNet - 07/19/2019

More than 100 pigs died when a tractor-trailer overturned Wednesday morning on an interstate curve near downtown Louisville, police said.

The Louisville Courier Journal reports that the truck carrying livestock overturned, shutting down the Interstate 65 South ramp to Interstate 71 North and Interstate 64 East and causing numerous pigs to fall onto the roadway. The ramp was closed for hours, and was back open by 3 p.m. according to authorities.

Louisville Metro Police spokesman Matthew Sanders said 178 hogs were inside the tractor-trailer, and 110 of them were killed or had to be euthanized because of injuries suffered in the crash.

Sanders said the truck was believed to be headed to the JBS Swift pork processing plant in Butchertown.

In an email to the Courier Journal, JBS USA spokesman Cameron Bruett said the truck and hogs involved in Wednesday's incident were not owned by the company.

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