I had another post in mind today; two, actually. Today had other plans.
With the press bill planted on my head, I followed the scanner to a semi overturn on Ohio State Route 12. The word was one slight injury, no heavy rescue required.
This was the scene on approach from the west.
The driver seated in the ambulance to the left was shaken, with a bloodied forearm, but his fingers were mobile. His boss in Defiance was on speed dial.
This was the view from the east, but the screaming gave them away before I rounded the corner.
There were 179 gilts (a female who hasn’t born a litter) on the truck. They were less than five months old.
While I don’t have an exact count, I believe that there were fewer than 15 killed outright (I saw seven outside the trailer and know that there were more in the nose that had yet to be removed). Four severely injured animals were dragged from the truck with chains and a fifth, with a dangling right front hoof, was goaded and prodded and slapped out and into a waiting trailer before instructions were given to cease that kind of activity. The two remaining “downed” pigs were left in the shade of the truck and kept cool with water before they were euthanized on the scene. Respondents from the Columbus Grove Volunteer Fire Department climbed on top of the truck and helped to keep them all cool by spraying them with water. This same horror happened earlier this week in Xenia.
I don’t have to explain the pink-paint markings, really.
In fact, I’ll not say anything more.
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We received a comment correcting the number and gender of animals on the truck. There were 172 gilts and barrows on the truck, not 179 gilts.