The great pig escape lasted a few hours Thursday, but motorists had a traffic headache for most of the day on Interstate 45.
Authorities were forced to shut down all lanes of I-45 in both directions near Pleasant Run Road early Thursday after an 18-wheeler loaded with about 100 pigs crashed.
Some pigs made a dash for freedom.
The southbound lanes of Interstate 45 remained closed Thursday afternoon, hours after an 18-wheeler loaded with about 100 pigs crashed. Police opened northbound lanes just before noon Thursday.
Police said the surviving pigs — several were killed in the crash — were re-captured a few hours after the wreck.
“For proof that pigs are intelligent animals who value their lives just as we do, look no further than these pigs and then realize that deciding to eat them supports a harrowing journey to slaughter, crash or no crash,” PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said in a prepared statement. “PETA is calling for their bid for freedom—as they ran down the interstate—to be honored by sending them to a sanctuary, not a slaughterhouse.”
The accident was reported just after 6:30 a.m. in the southbound lane of I-45 when the18-wheeler carrying the pigs tipped onto its side, police said.
The driver was not injured.
“Some people were helping round them up,” Dallas County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Melinda Urbina said in a Thursday telephone interview. “There were some reports of people taking them, like they were free pigs.”
Deputies with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department were on the scene, along with Wilmer police, Hudgins police and firefighters, Lancaster police and firefighters from Ferris.
The mishap was getting a lot of attention on Twitter Thursday. Among the Tweets: