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Pigs on the loose! Truck carrying thousands of piglets overturns on Illinois highway

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CASEY, Ill. -  Illinois drivers are being warned to watch out for the possibility of escaped piglets following a crash Friday morning.  A truck caring thousands of piglets overturned on Interstate 70 between Casey and Greenup, about 135 miles northeast of St. Louis.

According to Illinois State Police District 12 Facebook post, nearly 3,000 piglets are loose near milepost 127. The circumstances surrounding the crash are unclear at this time. However, troopers warn that some piglets may be wandering loose and drivers should be vigilant.

The (Terre Haute) Tribune-Star reports that about 100 of the piglets died in the Friday crash near Casey. Illinois State Police say the surviving pigs were recaptured and have continued to their destination in Indiana. Cleanup is ongoing. Representatives from several state and local police and fire departments helped corral the piglets.

Trooper Tammy Welborn with Illinois State Police in Effingham says the department is ``thankful and proud'' for the community effort.

State police say the crash occurred due to driver illness. The newspaper reports the driver was cited for improper lane usage.

Illinois State Police post to Facebook, "A lot of teamwork today! Many thanks to the swift help from Greenup Fire Prot. Dist., Greenup Police Department, Casey Police Department, Effingham Equity, Illinois Department of Transportation, IDOT portable scales personnel and other local volunteers. Here's Trooper Jenkins hamming it up with a customer this morning!"

No injuries have been reported and all lanes are open.

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