It always seems like some place very far away when you see images of motorists forced to stop and wait for livestock to clear the road. But don't tell that to drivers in Claycomo, who were hoping to take the ramp from I-435 N to I-35 N yesterday morning.
KMBC has the story of a truck carrying 720 pigs that apparently tried to take a curve too fast and tipped. After the accident, 35 to 50 pigs escaped (depending on whether you ask the Missouri Highway Patrol or KMBC) and had to be corralled in the early morning slush and snow.
The driver was unhurt, but "a handful of pigs" were killed in the crash that happened around 8:30 a.m. KMBC was on the scene quickly and took video of the pigs being rounded up on the shoulder of the entrance ramp. Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Rick Fletcher talked to the news network about the challenges of trying to corral pigs:
It's not something you come across every day, and it was a challenge to get them off the road. They go every which way, except the way you want them to go. They were small pigs, like a dog. If they were bigger, it would've been more of a challenge.No pigs actually got loose on the highway as firefighters, state troopers and tow-truck operators worked to get the pigs onboard a new truck. The pigs were apparently headed from Springfield, Missouri, to Iowa, before the truck overturned in Claycomo.