Tractor Trailer Carrying Pigs Overturns On Highway

Officials spent hours Sunday cleaning up I-40 in Duplin County after an accident involving a tractor trailer carrying pigs.

The accident happened around 8:30 a.m. near mile marker 370.

Troopers say a tractor trailer heading westbound on I-40 near Warsaw ran off the highway and overturned. The tractor trailer was carrying pigs belonging to Martin's Pork Products. Several of the pigs died in the accident.

The Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department spent about five hours cleaning up the scene. Other agencies were called in to assist. Congestion was reported near the scene from 8:30 a.m. until around 1:45 p.m.


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  • by cuz on Feb 27, 2012 at 03:12 PM
    Call peta and get rid of your bacon and ham. What would cry then? Poor pig, poor cow, and poor chicken. Where are my eggs?
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      by poor little piggies on Feb 27, 2012 at 04:59 PM in reply to cuz
      My BBQ ain't going anywhere except to the walls of my arteries.
  • by probably high on Feb 27, 2012 at 02:35 PM
    The driver was probably high on 5 hr energy and talking on his phone while driving 75 mph on a wet Interstate. Happens everyday...
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      by this hurts on Feb 27, 2012 at 05:07 PM in reply to probably high
      Almost got hit by a foolish driver today that was too busy talking on a cell phone to turn on his turn signal to let me know which way he was going. If it were a female, could understand but it was a guy!
  • by Danielle Location: windsor on Feb 27, 2012 at 09:51 AM
    i bet thats where geico got there pig from and they went weeee weeee all the way home
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Feb 27, 2012 at 02:42 PM in reply to Danielle
      Honest to goodness, I HATE that commercial.
  • by yummy Location: hospital heart unit on Feb 27, 2012 at 08:10 AM
    feel sorry for the little piggies too. now, pass me the BBQ please.
  • by Local Motion Location: Duplin Co. on Feb 27, 2012 at 07:03 AM
    Those trailers are divided into two decks, upper and lower, each consisting of four sections or 'cuts' divided by gates that swing back against the wall to allow loading/unloading. I've been told driver fatigue was the cause of this unfortunate incident. Thank you WITN for that last paragraph.
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      by JS on Feb 27, 2012 at 10:12 AM in reply to Local Motion
      Thanks for the information relating to the cause. So sad to see. I know that's a hard, monotonous stretch of road to drive, I've done it many times and had trouble staying awake myself while driving it.
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      by always is on Feb 27, 2012 at 02:36 PM in reply to Local Motion
      They need tighter regulations for drivers This is getting out of hand
  • by Local Motion Location: Duplin Co. on Feb 27, 2012 at 07:03 AM
    Those trailers are divided into two decks, upper and lower, each consisting of four sections or 'cuts' divided by gates that swing back against the wall to allow loading/unloading. I've been told driver fatigue was the cause of this unfortunate incident. Thank you WITN for that last paragraph.
  • by JS on Feb 27, 2012 at 06:07 AM
    To me the most intriguing part of the story is WHY the truck ran off the road. Yes, the load could've shifted but I'm fairly certain that the pens are divided centerline of the trailer which should minimize the shift of weight. I've driven I-40 through Duplin County many times. It's very flat and rather straight in many parts. I remember when the highway was built there was discussion of putting curves in the road just to keep the drivers from the monotony of driving in straight line for mile after mile. So WITN, please follow-up with this story and get the "WHY" of this story. You should've learned that in journalism/broadcasting school.
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      by REM on Feb 27, 2012 at 06:51 AM in reply to JS
      Hog trucks are pretty dangerous to drive. No matter how the truck is arranged, those hogs can easily shift a lot of weight all at once (which you can imagine is very dangerous). Most of the time, if you slam on the brakes really hard before you take off on your run, you will make them all lay down and have very little problems.
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        by That sounds humane, not on Feb 27, 2012 at 02:37 PM in reply to REM
        I wish PETA or someone else would get involved with the mistreatment of pigs. I'm sure they live a terrible life at the hands of these truck drivers.
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          by janice on Feb 27, 2012 at 05:08 PM in reply to That sounds humane, not
          I THINK PEOPLE LIKE YOU NEED TO QUIT EATING ..MISS TREATMENTOF PIGS ....LOL .GOD CREATED FOOD FOR US TO SURVIVE. THE MONEY PAID TO PETA SHOULD BE SPENT FOR CHILD PROTECTION and yes I am yelling at you.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Feb 27, 2012 at 04:56 AM
    Maybe the load 'shifted', as I'm sure the pigs were terrified to start with from being jammed into the caged trailer and flying down a freeway.
  • by TinaS. Location: Goldsboro on Feb 27, 2012 at 03:17 AM
    wow...can you tell me why some people find stories like this amusing?? I don't. People amaze me...Sorry the pigs had to die but unfortunatly, they were going to die anyway...still does not take away from it being sad (for us animal lovers)...praying the driver is doing ok. God bless...
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Feb 27, 2012 at 02:02 AM
    U usually don't engage w/ insanity and crazy - there is not comment post that I have seen that makes a lick of sense about anything to do w/ the accident. People........ accidents happen = no matter what you are hauling, carrying,transportintg, it could have been a family of 5 - in a minivan. I can tell when the moon gets full and a week later. Conaritsa!!!!!!
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      by anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 at 04:30 AM in reply to Shine
      hey lighten up shine if we dont laugh at some things this world would be crazy it is to bad that some pigs died and hope the driver is ok and I hate to see that happen but life is life sorry your so staunch and cant at least laugh at ppls comments
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