A semi truck carrying more than 100 hogs rolled over on Des Moines’ northeast side Tuesday. According to Lt. Rich Blaylock of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the truck was exiting Interstate Highway 80 onto Northeast 14th Street at about 2:30 p.m. when it tipped.
The river was not injured in the accident, but the approximately 140 hogs had to be extracted from the vehicle and 10 had to be euthanized, according to Tom Colvin with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, which assisted at the scene. Colvin said it’s possible some hogs had died by the time veterinarians and volunteers arrived to get them out. Rather than trying to tip the trailer back up and potentially injuring more hogs, Blaylock said the agencies extracted the hogs from the tipped trailer. Colvin said the Saylor Township Fire Department cut a hole in the side of the trailer and volunteers set up a makeshift fence to guide the hogs into another trailer. Those volunteers included about 10 people from the ARL and roughly another 10 from the Iowa State University Large Animal Hospital, Colvin said. The Iowa State Patrol responded to the initial call.