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Interstate reopened after semi carrying livestock overturns

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Barbara Rosenman Barbara Rosenman

HENRY COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - An overturned livestock trailer shut down a metro interstate for more than seven hours Thursday morning. The semi driver walked away just fine, but not all of the swine survived.

A dozen hogs died and just as many were injured during an accident near Exit 28 on I-71 south, according to Kentucky State Police.

Oldham County Animal Control assisted emergency crews to transfer an estimated 200 hogs into smaller trailers. Local farmers also assisted.

"We have farmers experienced with handling hogs," said Barbara Rosenman, the Oldham Co. Animal Control director. "Hogs can be a somewhat challenging animal to work with - certainly not one animal control handles on a daily basis, so their expertise is very helpful."

The interstate reopened around 11:30 a.m. after shutting down shortly after 4am.

Troopers said when the driver overcorrected he swerved into the median. No other vehicles were involved in the accident. Police said the driver's destination was a stockyard in Louisville.

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