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Crash sets more than 100 pigs loose on I-70 near Glenwood Springs; about 25 killed

September 11, 2017 Updated: September 12, 2017 at 1:16 pm
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Dozens of pigs caused a Monday afternoon traffic jam on Interstate 70 near Glenwood Springs after the semi-truck carrying them rolled over, officials said. (Courtesy of CDOT)

More than 100 pigs jammed Monday afternoon traffic on Interstate 70 near Glenwood Springs after the semi-truck carrying them rolled, officials said.

Road crews used ladders and sheets of plywood to corral about 50 swine on a nearby bike path and sprayed them with water to keep them cool.

Tracy Trulove, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation, said 20 to 25 pigs were either killed in the crash or had to be euthanized. The rest have been found.

The westbound lanes of I-70 were closed for hours while authorities cleaned up the crash and corralled the pigs.

The driver lost control of his rig and crashed into a guardrail shortly after 1 p.m. just outside of No Name tunnel, said Police Chief Terry Wilson. The truck went on to cross the westbound lanes, hit the median barrier and tip over onto its side before sliding about 500 feet, Wilson said.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife crews helped get the pigs out of the road, and the driver was taken to a hospital, Wilson said. The driver's condition was unknown.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Contact Ellie Mulder: 636-0198

Twitter: @lemarie

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