Crews round up over 1,700 piglets after semi overturns

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A newborn piglet looks up from its nap in a farrowing pen in the Birthing Center at the Kansas State Fair Monday morning, Sept. 9, 2019 in Hutchinson, Kansas. For a quarter of a century, fairgoers at the Kansas State Fair witnessed the birth of chicks, lambs, calves and piglets. Veterinarians, veterinary students and FFA volunteers watch over the mothers and babies, as well as explain the miracle of life to visitors of all ages at the Birthing Center. [Sandra J. Milburn/The Hutchinson News via AP)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in Iowa had to round up more than 1,700 young pigs who were in a semi-trailer that overturned Thursday on a freeway just north of Des Moines.

The crash happened about 1:30 p.m. when the truck overturned on a ramp to Interstate 35.

Iowa State Patrol troopers had to close the ramp at times as crews worked to capture and unload hundreds of pigs.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety said in a tweet,“authorities working to corral and transport 1,738 piglets!”

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