2017-06-15 / Front Page

Pig falls off truck onto I-69

BY LANIA ROCHA
810-452-2652 • lrocha@mihomepaper.com

CLAYTON TOWNSHIP – Some little piggies went to market; at least one didn’t make it.

About 5 p.m. Sunday, June 11, 911 dispatchers received multiple calls from motorists reporting that several large pigs had fallen from a hog hauler heading west on Interstate 69 in the vicinity of Nichols Road in Clayton Township.

“It looks like somehow, some way, (the) pigs got off the hauler and ended up on the interstate,” said Clayton Township Police Chief Bill Tucker. “The gate or ramp or something malfunctioned and the animals were falling out onto the highway.”

Township police located one deceased, 400-pound pig on the side of the road, the chief said.

The animal had some markings, including a maple leaf marking, but police do not know where it came from, or where the truck was headed.

Police from multiple jurisdictions checked the area, and township officers returned after dark to spotlight the brush in hopes of catching the reflection of eyes, but found no more pigs.

“If, in fact, a 400-pound pig survived and ran into the weeds, I’m worried about it coming back into the roadway because it could cause serious damage or injury,” said Tucker. “And I’m concerned about residents calling and saying there’s this giant pig in my back yard, or someone walking up to it.”

Dispatchers contacted emergency operators in Shiawassee County, to give them a heads up, but the truck and driver were never located, Tucker said.

“That’s a first for me in my 20-plus years of service,” said Tucker.

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