Pigs escape truck crash only to continue to slaughterhouse

None of the pigs survived the day (David Ritchie / Twitter)
None of the pigs survived the day (David Ritchie / Twitter)

Forty pigs were killed when a truck rolled over in Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday morning (local time) - but the 140 others on board only briefly escaped death.

While most of the pigs were pinned inside the wreckage, several had gotten loose and were wandering nearby streets, local police said.

Unfortunately for the pigs, it was possibly the worst place for them to have crashed if they wanted freedom.

"It was pretty much right on the corner of the actual slaughterhouse, for lack of a better word," a police spokesperson said.

The escaped swine were corralled and walked to the plant.

More than a dozen animal activists gathered at the scene and one was arrested after a stand-off with police.

The driver received minor injuries and an investigation has been launched into the cause of the crash. It's believed speed may have been a factor.

Sofina Foods, owner of Fearmans Pork Plant, said it was a "very unfortunate" accident in a statement.

"We are deeply sorry and regret that this occurred and will continue to extend our full collaboration to the authorities with their ongoing investigation."

Measures were taken to ensure the animals were handled as humanely as possible, police said.