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Chinese police save driver’s bacon after hundreds of piglets escape from overturned lorry

Hundreds of animals run loose in tunnel after vehicle that was transporting them overturned

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 August, 2017, 3:05pm
UPDATED : Monday, 21 August, 2017, 3:26pm

Traffic police in Guizhou in southwest China had an exhausting time rounding up 200 piglets that escaped from a lorry following an accident last week.

The incident happened at 3pm on August 17 after the piglets escaped from a truck which overturned in a road tunnel after its tyre exploded on a highway in Sitang township in Sinan county, according to a report from Guizhou Daily on Saturday.

Traffic police at Sinan station were later alerted by other drivers at the scene and officers were sent to clear the way.

A video footage, which was captured by onlookers, showed the pigs running all over the highway and causing queues of vehicles to build up.

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Traffic police and other drivers spent one hour collecting the pigs and loading them on to another truck to clear the way, according to the report.

It was not clear if the overturned truck had caused any injuries and the report did not give further details on the cause of the accident.