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Pigs wander I-694 in east metro after semi rollover

Troopers scrambled to close the interstate following the crash, which happened just after 7:30 a.m. MnDOT estimates eastbound lanes will remain closed until 1 p.m.

LITTLE CANADA, Minn. — A busy east metro interstate reopened late Friday morning after being shut down for hours after a semi rollover sent dozens of pigs wandering onto the roadway. 

The incident happened around 7:30 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-694 at I-35E. MnDOT cameras captured the scene, with the truck and trailer laying on its side and pigs standing where traffic would normally be flowing. 

Fifty pigs were inside the trailer when it rolled. Ten of them did not survive. 

Troopers responded quickly and closed the interstate off to traffic to protect both the animals and motorists and clean up the scene. MnDOT originally estimated eastbound I-694 would remain closed until approximately 1 p.m., but a unified response by the state patrol, Ramsey and Washington Co. Sheriff's Offices, Twin Cities Towing, and MnDOT the interstate reopened about 11 a.m. 


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