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Escapee pigs block Chinese tunnel after truck rollover

Dozens of animals run loose after the vehicle transporting them overturns

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 October, 2017, 3:31pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 October, 2017, 4:43pm

Dozens of pigs blocked a tunnel in Sichuan province for three hours after the truck they were travelling in overturned on Tuesday night, according to local media reports.

At around 7pm on Tuesday, a truck carrying more than 20 pigs overturned in a tunnel on an motorway connecting Naxi district and Xuyong county, Chengdu Economic Daily reported.

The frightened pigs subsequently fled the truck and ran onto the road, disrupting traffic in the tunnel until about 10pm, when the road was cleared.

Traffic police had to direct moving vehicles in the tunnel to prevent another accident while also helping the truck driver catch the fleeing pigs, which weighed at least 100kg each, the report said.

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It took the police three hours to get all the pigs back in the truck.

One pig died, and more than 10 were injured, according to the report. No other casualties were reported from the accident and the cause was not clear.

In August, traffic police in Guizhou had to round up more than 200 piglets following a similar accident in which the truck transporting them overturned.