Some hogs appeared to get a brief reprieve early Thursday when a livestock truck overturned on U.S. Highway 36 in Cameron, Missouri.
An ambulance took the truck driver and a passenger to an area hospital after the accident, which was reported at 6:10 a.m. Their injuries were described as minor.
The Cameron Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and other agencies responded to the single-vehicle accident in the westbound lanes, near the intersection with U.S. Highway 69.
Cameron Police Chief Rick Bashor said the truck was nearly full of livestock. Some hogs died in the accident, while others escaped after the vehicle tipped over on its side.
The pigs were visible walking on the side of the highway as officials responding to the accident tried to keep the animals corralled.
"The company showed up with a rescue team. They were able offload several onto other trucks," Bashor said.
Law enforcement and Missouri Department of Transportation workers directed traffic to one lane through the accident scene.
The Cameron Police Department said the highway was cleared by noon.