Approximately 20 hogs killed in semi accident near Elkton Thursday evening

Two area fire departments, emergency management personnel and law enforcement responded to a one-vehicle accident on a rural road near Elkton involving a semi pulling a livestock trailer.  

Mower County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched at approximately 6:36 p.m. Thursday evening to the intersection of County Road 3 and 640th Avenue just west of Elkton for a one-vehicle accident involving a livestock semi trailer loaded with hogs.  The driver of the semi was uninjured and indicated to the deputies that he had taken the corner too close, causing the trailer to roll into the southwest corner of the ditch.  Mower County Sheriff Steve Sandvik stated in a news release that the trailer was loaded with approximately 170 hogs at the time of the incident, and approximately 20 of the hogs were deceased due to the crash.

Fire Departments from Adams and Rose Creek and Mower County Emergency Management assisted the Sheriff’s Office at the accident scene with the transfer of the hogs to another trailer.  Sheriff Sandvik stated that the accident scene was not cleared by all involved until 12:23 a.m. Friday morning.