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Lorry spills its load of pigs

PUBLISHED: 09:53 26 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:54 03 March 2010

A LORRY carrying more than 200 pigs overturned this morning throwing Suffolk roads in to chaos.

The lorry overturned at around 6am today at the southern end of the Scole by-pass.

A LORRY carrying more than 200 pigs overturned this morning throwing Suffolk roads in to chaos.

The lorry overturned at around 6am today at the southern end of the Scole by-pass.

Many of the pigs escaped on to the road leaving drivers in disarray as police and the fire service were called to bring the situation under control.

Tailbacks built up as the fire service and police tried to round up the frightened pigs, many of whom were injured.

The road was totally blocked north bound and police put local diversions in place to deal with the tailback.

Traffic was diverted through the uniquely named Devil's Handbasin.

A vet and slaughterman were also called as sadly many of the loose pigs who were injured in the accident needed to be put down.

The pigs were eventually contained and police dealt with the growing number of motorists.

The driver was trapped but was released quickly by the fire service. He was then taken to hospital by ambulance. It is unclear what his injuries are but police said they are not serious.

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