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Dozens of pigs injured in Chinese road crash as truck overturns after driver falls asleep at wheel

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 December, 2016, 11:28am
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 December, 2016, 11:28am

Dozens of pigs being transported by truck were injured in China when the vehicle overturned in a tunnel after the driver fell asleep at the wheel, mainland media reported.

The road was left completely blocked following the accident just after midnight in Yichang, Hubei province, on Wednesday, the local news portal reported.

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Traffic police arrived to find most of the 38 pigs being transported had escaped from the overturned truck. Some were wandering along the road near the entrance to the tunnel while others were lying down on the road bleeding from their mouths.

The report said all of the animals, including those that were injured, survived the accident.

Initial investigations showed the truck had overturned and come to rest inside the tunnel after colliding with a crash barrier, the report said.

The driver, surnamed Tan, initially told police that the crash happened because the road had become slippery after a period of rainy weather.

However, police challenged his claims and pointed out that it had not rained for several days, the report said.

Tan was later fined 200 yuan (HK$224) by police after he admitted he “must have fallen asleep “ while driving, the report said.

He told police he had been feeling very sleepy earlier in the evening during the long trip to deliver the pigs from Hubei province to Chongqing.

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Tan was also ordered to pay 3,990 yuan to cover the cost of repairing damage caused to the crash barriers and road.

Police had to build a temporary pen from plastic barriers to keep the pigs safely enclosed before another truck arrived to collect them and take them away.