Semi hauling hogs rolls at Red Deer traffic circle

A semi-truck hauling pigs rolled at a Red Deer traffic circle, spilling the trailer holding livestock onto the street.

Wednesday evening, at 7:10 p.m., Red Deer RCMP were called to the traffic circle in the east part of the city.

Police said it was a single vehicle rollover.

There were about 200 pigs in the trailer when it rolled. Ric Henderson, Red Deer County director of community and protective services, said one pig had climbed out the top while the rest stayed within the trailer.

“We set up a coral and a chute,” said Henderson. “They had to cut into the trailer and as the hogs came out, they could be directed into the back of a truck.”

Red Deer County responded with its Livestock Response Unit, which includes an emergency livestock trailer. On that trailer was some lumber that was used as a ramp for the hogs to get into the new trailer.

“We didn’t let any get loose,” said Henderson. “There was one that made it out of the roof and it was outside when the Red Deer Emergency Services came, but they kept it close to the trailer until we had the corral set up.”

Traffic was diverted for a few hours in the evening as crews worked to clean up the collision and corral the pigs.

Red Deer RCMP have issued the driver a careless driving ticket.

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