Monday, April 14, 2008

401 Pigs

It's been a while since I've had occasion to opine on swine (and if you haven't yet read of the misfortunes of one Alaina Templeton, you ought to), but this report from CityNews of a motor vehicle accident yesterday on Toronto's Highway 401 certainly provides adequate cover for another fleeting poke into the genre:

For years, drivers have been complaining about road hogs on the 401. But on Monday, they actually saw them. About 50 pigs were set free along a stretch of North America's busiest highway after a spectacular crash closed the road for hours and had police marvelling that none of the drivers involved lost their lives.

It happened around 8am on the 401 near Winston Churchill Blvd., but the reason for the cause remains a mystery. The OPP say the driver of a livestock truck didn't slow down with the rest of traffic, causing his rig to hit an Enbridge Gas vehicle, which in turn smashed into a silver Honda in a chain reaction crash. Both drivers in the latter vehicles were sent to hospital with serious injuries, but are expected to pull through.

The incident caused a six-hour closure of the westbound highway.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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