GALLATIN COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - Officials had to wrangle 145 pigs after a crash involving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 71 in Gallatin County.
KYTC reported a jackknifed tractor-trailer between mile markers 64 and 66 north of Sparta around 3:25 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
The truck driver in the accident, Scott Miliner, travels that stretch of highway about twice a week, but this trip was cut short while trying to change lanes.
"As I was already in the lane I saw a car coming up on the burm," said Milner. "He ricocheted off the guide wire and t-boned my truck. I was trying to pull it over and I flipped and took a wild ride."
Some pigs escaped the truck after the impact. Miliner says about 80 pigs were rescued, but some had to be put down.
Milner said each pig is about six-months-old, weighing around 260 pounds. The 145 pigs were headed to a Louisville slaughterhouse. The rescued the pigs will go back to Ohio to be evaluated.
The driver only suffered a couple of minor cuts and bruises.
"I'm lucky to be alive with the seatbelt I wore," Milner said.