FILLMORE TOWNSHIP, MI – On Tuesday, November 15th, 2016, at approximately 9:00 a.m., Allegan Central Dispatch began receiving calls of a personal injury crash that had occurred at the intersection of 58th St. and 136th Ave. in Fillmore Township.
There was very dense fog in the area at the time of the crash and it was determined that this was contributory to the crash occurring.
One vehicle involved was a semi tractor trailer that had a stock trailer with approximately 2200 young pigs on board. As this semi tried to cross the intersection with 58th St. it was struck broadside in the trailer by a northbound box type truck. The damage from the impact caused the death of about 20 of the pigs and allowed about another 200 to escape from the trailer. These were eventually corralled by members of the public, workers from the farm where the pigs originated from and public safety personnel. The driver of the box truck was trapped in the cab of his truck due to the impact, but once freed he was found to only have suffered very minor injuries.
The intersection was closed for approximately two hours. All drivers were wearing seatbelts. Names of the involved drivers will not be released. The remaining pigs were eventually back on their way to their destination in Indiana.
The sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by the Hamilton Fire Dept., Graafschap Fire Dept. and AMR ambulance.