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Hog wild: Pigs escape onto Japan expressway after collision

The pigs that escaped after the accident on the Ikeda Route of the Hanshin Expressway are seen on the morning of June 8, 2017, in this photo taken from a Mainichi helicopter.

IKEDA, Osaka -- Nineteen pigs escaped onto an expressway here after a pig farm truck collided with a smaller truck, leaving police scrambling to round up the animals.

    The accident occurred on the Hanshin Expressway Ikeda Route at around 9:40 a.m. on June 8. A total of 19 of the 37 pigs on the farm truck escaped onto the road, resulting in traffic being halted over a 5-kilometer section. The driver of the small truck suffered light injuries.

    Expressway police said that the farm truck apparently hit the small truck while overtaking, resulting in damage to the pig cage. The pigs that escaped onto the road were seen wandering about and lying down. They were being transported from a farm in Nantan, Kyoto, to a market in Osaka's Suminoe Ward at the time.

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