Workers help round up runaway pigs

CELIA WIGG Workers at an industrial estate helped round up escaped pigs yesterday after a tractor and trailer overturned in the road near their premises.

CELIA WIGG

Workers at an industrial estate helped round up escaped pigs yesterday after a tractor and trailer overturned in the road near their premises.

The accident happened at 1pm at the Buckenham Road junction with White Hart Lane, in Attleborough.

The top of the double-decker trailer came off on impact throwing about 20 of the pigs onto the carriageway. Another 40 or so were trapped inside the container and had to be freed.

Gary Clarke, owner of CFE furnishings at the Station Road estate, said: “The tractor was coming down from Old Buckenham heading towards Station Road when it went over and there were pigs running around the street. The driver is okay but, unfortunately, it looks like some of the pigs were hurt. We collected them up and put them in our compound.”

Mr Clarke and his staff were joined in catching the pigs by workers from the neighbouring Apple Cars unit. The road was partially closed and police officers directed traffic as the rest of the animals were released from the trailer, and the vehicles recovered.

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A total of 61 pigs were held in the compound until fresh transport was provided to collect them during the afternoon.

The road re-opened to two-way traffic at 3.25pm.