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Truck carrying pigs crashes on I-40 West; crews work to clean up mess

Posted December 22, 2015
Updated December 23, 2015

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— A tractor-trailer carrying 2,200 pigs crashed Tuesday morning along Interstate 40 West in south Raleigh, creating traffic delays in the area for hours, police said.

The wreck happened shortly after 10 a.m. between South Saunders Street and Lake Wheeler Road, forcing authorities to shut down the two right lanes of the highway. Police said the tractor-trailer lost control after a vehicle changed lanes in front of the truck.

The truck ran off the road, down an embankment and came to rest on the on ramp from South Saunders Street. The driver of the vehicle responsible for the wreck was charged with an unsafe lane change.

The tractor-trailer was removed from the scene at about 4:30 p.m., but police said some lane closures could remain in effect through the evening commute and into the nighttime hours.

The road completely reopened Tuesday night but the ramp from South Saunders to I-40 West was expected to remain closed until after midnight. North Carolina Department of Transportation officials said crews will replace more than 100 feet of guardrail damaged in the wreck Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

No serious injuries were reported in the wreck, police said, but some pigs were killed.


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  • Roscoe P Coltrane Dec 23, 2015
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    Just what makes me heartless? Millions of people hunt their food. I know I do. I have killed 4 deer so far this year and I will get my other two, next week. Then there is the spring gobbler hunt and some rabbit and squirrel. I eat everything I kill, so how am I heartless?

  • Jackie Kylander Dec 23, 2015
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    Those pigs are too small for slaughter. Probably heading to a farm to get quite a bit bigger, THEN to slaughter. Must have been a heck of a time rounding them up-pigs that size are FAST.

  • William Price Dec 23, 2015
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    this is funny....do you not realise these pigs were headed to slaughter....what did you think they were going to a spa for a treatment and massage or something?......heartless? haha more like BACON

  • John Franks Dec 22, 2015
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    39 firefighters struck or crushed and killed in the last 5 years, that's why.


  • Aaron Whaley Dec 22, 2015
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    They HAVE too or the incompetent drivers not paying attention will plow into them while they attempt to do their jobs.

  • Steve Faulkner Dec 22, 2015
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    Because they always over-react and close too many lanes.

  • Gia Momoa Dec 22, 2015
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    2200 pigs on one truck! Those poor babies. Roscoe maybe next time you'll be under one those trucks. This world doesn't need heartless people like you.

  • Chad Stinner Dec 22, 2015
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    I applaud our EMS and Police services... except why close down one direction of the highway preventing thousands of people travelling when the accident isn't even on the road.

    When you need to get truck(s) in to lift the semi, stop traffic... but this seems a bit overkill from the image.

  • Roscoe P Coltrane Dec 22, 2015
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    Did any of the pigs escape the trailer? Hunting season is still going and I could use the meat.

  • Mike Harrell Dec 22, 2015
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    No injuries, Really???? Some of the pigs were injured, hello. Get the story right.