Over 2000 Piglets Stranded In Car Wreck, Most Were Rescued

A semi truck carrying 2,054 small piglets overturned in Indianapolis. Locals called the Wayne Township Fire Department at about 6:30 p.m. to go out and rescue the baby pigs.

Unfortunately for some 700 piglets, the call was too late — they were already killed. According to ABC7, many of them suffocated because they piglets were packed in the truck one on top of the other. It’s still unclear how many of the baby pigs were injured but not killed. The cause of the accident is also not clear.

According to the New York Daily News, The piglets were on a trip from North Carolina to Iowa to be sold at market, before the truck overturned on Interstate 74.

For six hours, firefighters worked to rescue the piglets, snapping pictures as they worked (some shown below). Another truck from Evansville came and picked up the rescued pigs, which were then taken to the Indiana State Fairgrounds for safe keeping until they can complete their journey.

The rescue mission brought traffic to a standstill, as the workers had to cut open the roof of the trailer with a saw to get at the little piglets. Other departments arrived to provide support as the pigs were pulled from the wreckage.

The story may be a happy tale for the approximately 1,400 surviving piglets of the wreck, but for the rest the accident is tragic.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, humans don’t only save pigs, sometimes it works the other way around too. A pet pig named Lucky rescued his family from a burning building in Mount Caramel, Illinois. The pig’s owner explained that her pet provided much needed warning that the home was on fire, which ultimately saved the lives of her and her family.

“He started screaming. He would jump down, run to the door and then jump back up on the bed and hit me really hard.”

In another bit of good news from the Indianapolis crash, the driver of the truck was not injured. Local officials claim it was their first ever piglet rescue mission.

[Image Credit: Wayne Township Fire Department/Twitter]