Unknown number of pigs die in Nelson County rollover crash

The driver of the livestock trailer was uninjured.

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An unknown number of pigs are dead after a vehicle transporting the livestock rolled into a ditch Thursday morning, Oct. 21, outside of Pekin, N.D.

According to a release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol, 51-year-old Iowa man Chad Wood was driving a trailer carrying 2,500 pigs south on Highway 1 at about 6:45 a.m. about 1.5 miles southeast of Pekin when a deer entered the roadway. Wood made an evasive maneuver to avoid hitting the dear, entering the east ditch and causing the vehicle to tip onto its side, according to the NDHP.

Wood was uninjured, according to the release. The number of pigs that were fatally injured has yet to be determined, the release states.

The weather and road conditions were reportedly good, according to NDHP. The Nelson County Sheriff's Office and the North Dakota Stockman's Association also responded to the crash.

Hannah Shirley covers crime, courts and criminal justice for the Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2018 graduate of the University of Idaho and has lived and worked in Grand Forks since 2019. Prior to moving to North Dakota, she worked as a reporter for the Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass., a receptionist for the Moscow-Pullman Daily News in Moscow, Idaho, and a barista in a New York City coffee shop. She can be reached by phone at (701) 780-1267 or by email at
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