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25 pigs die in semi-truck crash that closed I-70 for hours near Glenwood Springs

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The westbound lanes of Interstate 70 were closed for nearly six hours Monday afternoon and evening just east of Glenwood Springs as crews cleaned up a rolled over semi-truck that was carrying a load of pigs.

Glenwood Springs police, Colorado Department of Transportation and others had to corral the 100 or so pigs that survived the crash, routing them to the adjacent bike path. Glenwood Police Chief Terry Wilson said 25 pigs died.

The driver of the truck was taken to Valley View Hospital, Wilson said.

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The accident happened at about 1:15 p.m. at mile 117.5, just west of the No Name tunnel. CDOT reported all lanes of I-70 were reopened just before 8 p.m.

Wilson said a veterinarian tended to the injured pigs and tried to calm them down.

Wilson said it was a single-vehicle accident and that Colorado Parks and Wildlife as well as Colorado State Patrol helped with the cleanup.

The truck driver somehow lost control just west of the tunnel and hit the right guardrail before crossing the westbound lanes and striking the median barriers. The truck and trailer tipped over onto their left sides, Wilson said.

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