Semi carrying 180 hogs overturns in Hiawatha

By Phil Anderson
Topeka Capital Journal – February 14, 2016

Photo by Brown County Sheriff's Office.

Photo by Brown County Sheriff’s Office.

A semi-trailer hauling 180 hogs to market overturned Tuesday morning in the Brown County town of Hiawatha, and authorities credit the fast action of local residents for containing the pigs before they could wander from the area.

The crash was reported around 7 a.m. just south of the Walmart Supercenter at 701 Hopi Drive on the southwest side of Hiawatha.

In a news release, Brown County Sheriff John D. Merchant said the semi had been traveling east on US-36 highway at the time of the accident.

Emergency responders arrived shortly after the crash and contained the loose pigs on the south side of the highway in the right-of-way, Merchant said.

“We were very fortunate to have a county resident who immediately was en route to the location with a portable corral,” Merchant said. “It was quickly set up and with the number of emergency services personnel at the scene, the pigs were then quickly contained and loaded up by the owners.”

There was no report on whether any of the hogs was injured or killed in the incident.

The Kansas Highway Patrol arrived and worked the accident, while the Kansas Department of Transportation provided traffic control.

The Hiawatha Fire Department and Town and Country Ambulance also responded to the scene.

 

Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
http://www.ksffa.com
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