Pigs run loose on a Toronto highway after the tractor-trailer that was carrying them overturned. (Tony Smyth)
One of Toronto’s busiest highway junctions is closed after a tractor-trailer carrying pigs flipped over — and many of the animals escaped.
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The ramp leading from southbound Highway 427 to the Gardiner Expressway eastbound was shut down after the early-morning accident.
The driver apparently lost control heading into the city and the truck overturned.
“The truck was going around the turn too fast,” said OPP Const. Graham Williamson.
There were 235 pigs in the truck. About 60 escaped and began wandering on the highway.
The driver, who wasn’t injured, has been charged with careless driving.
“Normally getting things back to normal would take a couple of hours,” the CBC’s Colin Butler reported from the scene, “but police are waiting for inspectors from the Canada Food Inspection Agency. Provincial and federal laws require that the animals be examined.”
Attempts to herd the pigs back into the container have — so far — met with no success.
Police say the section of highway may remain closed until noon ET.
Pigs escape onto busy Toronto highwayIn Canada on October 4, 2010 at 09:14