100 pigs loose on Danish road after truck overturns

100 pigs loose on Danish road after truck overturns
File photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix
A transport vehicle with about 100 pigs on board overturned onto a car on Friday morning at Munke Bjergby in western Zealand

South Zealand and Lolland-Falster Police confirmed the accident, which occurred shortly after 7am.

“We were alerted that a pig transport overturned onto a car and that one person is trapped in the car. Both we, the fire service and Falck [paramedics, ed.] sent response teams,” police duty officer Lars Denholt told Ritzau.

“We are in contact with the driver of the passenger car, but we cannot get him out of the car, so we have some special equipment on the way now so we can get the trailer released and get him out,” Denholt said.

The police duty officer said that the extent of the male driver’s injuries were not yet known, but that rescue personnel “are not highly concerned about his condition”.

The accident happened at Munke Bjergbyvej, a road north of the town of Sorø. The road was blocked in both directions due to the accident.

Denholt warned that the road could take some time to clear.

“I expect this could take most of the day. We must locate all the pigs before we can open (the road) again. We will have to examine and assess all of them and possibly put some down if they have injuries that make them no longer usable,” he said.

Around 100 pigs which were in the overturned transport were wandering freely in the area due to the accident, the officer confirmed. A number of veterinarians have been called in to help assess the animals.

The cause of the accident was unknown, Denholt said at around 8:30am on Friday.

“We do not know (the cause) at this time. We have spoken to the driver of the transport and he is very shocked over what happened, so we’ve been unable to question him,” he said.

“For the same reason, we have not spoken to the driver of the car,” he added.

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