Interstate 70 open again

T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON/ First responders work the scene that involved two tractor trailers colliding, one of which was carrying pigs.

T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON/ First responders work the scene that involved two tractor trailers colliding, one of which was carrying pigs.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Interstate 70 eastbound reopened at about 3:30 p.m. today after a tractor-trailer carrying a load of pigs collided with another semi-truck this morning morning near St. Clairsville.

No people were injured, but it was suspected that some of the pigs were injured or died during the accident. Because of the angle the truck landed, the pigs appeared to have slid to the front of the trailer. It was suspected that some of the pigs might also suffocate to death because they were piled on top of each other. An Ohio Department of Transportation worker estimated that it may take a few hours before another truck would arrive to get the pigs.

One could hear the scared and injured pigs screaming inside the truck, which had holes to allow for air to flow in and out. One pigás leg could be seen sticking out of one of those holes.

The accident occurred near the interchange with Ohio 9 at exit 216. Traffic was backed up in the eastbound lanes where the accident occurred.

In addition to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Cumberland Trail Fire District also responded to the scene.

Read more details in Wednesday’s edition of The Times Leader.

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