RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Officials say more than 1,700 piglets died after a crash in Raleigh on Tuesday.
A truck carrying 2,250 piglets — the previous reported number was 2,600 — crashed and overturned on the Raleigh Beltline late Tuesday morning.
The crash caused a chaotic scene with hundreds of squealing pigs and hundreds of irate motorists trapped in traffic.
The driver of the truck, Aaron Edward Robbins of Coon Rapids, Iowa, told WNCN on Wednesday that 2,250 piglets were aboard the truck traveling to Iowa from Johnston County.
Robbins said that of those, only 500 survived, meaning that 1,750 piglets died as a result of the crash between South Saunders Street and Lake Wheeler Road, officials say.
Animal control officers and Raleigh Police were on the scene after the tractor trailer truck fell on its side and smashed against a guard rail.
According to the wreck report, the truck, driven by Robbins was driving on the Beltline when a vehicle driven by Robert Alexander Johnson of Smithfield changed lanes and the truck struck the vehicle. The truck with the pigs then traveled down an embankment toward a ramp and overturned.
Some of the pigs were “seriously injured,” and many others were killed. The estimated cost of the damage was $90,000, according to wreck report.
The crash closed two lanes of I-40 west between South Saunders Street and Lake Wheeler Road and it took two hours to upright the truck.