Pig truck headed to Smithfield overturns

Published 5:42 pm Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Route 10 in Suffolk was closed for almost seven hours early Monday while crews cleared an overturned tractor-trailer that had been carrying 167 pigs to Smithfield Foods.

The accident happened at 1:42 a.m. in the 4100 block of Godwin Boulevard, according to a city press release. The roadway reopened shortly before 8:30 a.m.

The driver of the truck received minor injuries and was cited for failure to maintain proper control.

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Smithfield Foods sent a team to the scene to assist.

According to a Smithfield Foods spokesperson, a total of 167 animals were on the truck, and animal wellbeing protocols were implemented. Twelve died in the accident, and 12 more were euthanized at the scene. A total of 143 were delivered to Smithfield.