The Charleston Gazette reports that the accident happened at about 5:45 p.m. on Interstate 77 in a curve near the Morton Travel Plaza. The tractor trailer was hauling several hundred live pigs when its driver lost control as the vehicle went around a curve. The truck then overturned.
The truck driver, whose identity has not yet been released, was not injured in the accident.
A few of the pigs were killed in the crash and few hundred more ran off across the highway. State Police, together with officials from the Pratt Fire Department and Hutch’s Wrecker Service, managed to round up the pigs that night. Many of the pigs were put in the back of pickup trucks.
No charges will be filed in connection with this accident. Dispatchers said that wrecks are common along that particular curve.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2009 West Virginia Crash Statistics show that there were 356 fatalities as a result of car accidents in West Virginia.
In an effort to raise awareness of common factors in serious and fatal car accidents in West Virginia, our firm routinely publishes news items about traffic crashes in our region.
Common West Virginia accidents include, but are not limited to:
- single-car crashes;
- tractor-trailer accidents;
- accidents caused by hazardous road conditions; and
- distracted driver crashes.
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