York & North Yorkshire

Dozens of pigs killed in North Yorkshire lorry crash

Scene of crash in which 35 pigs died
Image caption More than 30 pigs were killed or had to be put down

Dozens of pigs died or had to be put down after a lorry transporting the animals overturned during a road crash in North Yorkshire.

The lorry was carrying 200 pigs when it was in collision with another lorry and a car at 10:20 GMT.

A number of pigs escaped on to the road after the crash on the A59 Roman Road, near Upper Poppleton, police said.

Thirty-five of the animals either died in the accident or had to be put down by vets, police said.

A North Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: "There were 200 pigs in the lorry which overturned and sadly 35 of them died or were euthanised.

"Two vets attended the incident along with the RSPCA, who oversaw the animals' welfare."

The A59 Boroughbridge Road was closed for some time while emergency services dealt with the scene and the highway was cleared.

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