Several pigs die when semitrailer crashes through guardrail
Several pigs died when a semitrailer filled with the animals crashed after not making it around a curve in Grant County Monday morning, officials said.
Richard Kipp, 52, of Fort Atkinson, Iowa, was driving a semitrailer west on Highway 133 just east of County Road K around 9:55 a.m., according to a release. The semi was filled with 250 pigs, all weighing about 270 pounds each.
While going around a curve, the semi hit the guardrail, and the trailer detached from the semi, officials said. The trailer went through the guardrail and overturned on a steep embankment above the Wisconsin River.
Several pigs were ejected from the trailer, and some were trapped inside, according to the release. Several pigs died in the crash.
Fennimore Livestock helped corral the loose pigs and free the trapped pigs, officials said.
Highway 133 was closed for several hours as crews cleaned up the crash. The trailer was totaled, and the semi had extensive damage, officials said. The guardrail was also damaged.
Kipp was cited for driving too fast for conditions. He was not injured in the crash.