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18-wheeler dumps more than 100 pigs onto I-70 near Glenwood Springs

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Posted at 3:36 PM, Sep 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-11 19:32:58-04

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. -- The westbound lanes of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon are closed after an 18-wheeler hauling more than 100 pigs tipped over Monday afternoon.

Police say the driver hit a guardrail just outside of Glenwood Springs, causing the truck to roll and slide for about 500 feet. The driver was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. No other vehicles were involved.

The crash ripped a hole in the trailer, allowing the pigs to escape. Police say some the animals were killed in the crash, but it's not clear how many.

Video shot by a Colorado Department of Transportation official shows Glenwood fire crews spraying the surviving pigs down to keep them cool as the animals lay across the roadway.

Crews from CDOT are awaiting the arrival of a livestock truck to the haul the animals away. Once the pigs are removed from the scene, crews can begin removing the semi.

There is no estimated time on when the lanes will reopen.