Hogs run amok after tractor-trailer flips in SC

  • Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013 10:18 p.m.

GREENWOOD (AP) — Dozens of hogs ran loose early Friday following a tractor-trailer accident that shut down U.S. 25 near Greenwood.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol said the accident happened around 2 a.m. Troopers said the tractor-trailer hit a disabled vehicle in the median, flipped on its side and slid into the southbound lanes.

Some of the hogs were killed, while some escaped into nearby woods. Others just grazed on grass at the roadside.

Officials said one person was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Both southbound lanes were closed at one point before a single lane of travel was cleared. All lanes were reopened by 8 a.m.

Owner Van Barnette told WYFF that the hogs were being transported from a farm in Deep Run, N.C., to Carolina Pride Foods in Greenwood County.

Barnette said that by Friday afternoon, all the hogs were accounted for. He said a USDA veterinarian checked out the surviving hogs that were transported to Greenwood.

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