- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - The Highway Patrol says a dozen piglets died when they fell from a moving semitrailer on Interstate 29 in eastern North Dakota.

Patrol Lt. Dave Wolf says the semi was hauling the piglets from the Canadian city of Winnipeg to a farm in Iowa to be raised. He says the piglets somehow lifted an unlocked gate on the undercarriage of the livestock trailer about midday Wednesday.

Twelve of the animals fell to their deaths on the highway over a span of 23 miles between Grand Forks and Fargo.

Wolf says the falling piglets did not damage any other vehicles. Wolf says the semi driver was given a $20 traffic citation for a “loose load.”

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