Pigs from Risby euthanized at roadside after lorry overturns

The scene on the A16 today. Photo: John Clarke

The scene on the A16 today. Photo: John Clarke

A number of pigs from a farm near Bury St Edmunds have had to be euthanized this morning after the lorry they were being transported in overturned.

A lorry carrying 180 live pigs from a farm in Risby to a slaughterhouse in Spalding overturned on the A16 bypass at Cowbit in Lincolnshire at around 9.30am.

The scene on the A16 today. PHOTO: SWNS

The scene on the A16 today. PHOTO: SWNS

A vet is on scene assessing their welfare, but some of the animals have had to be put down.

A spokesman for Tulip Ltd, which owned the animals, said: “At around 09:30 this morning, Wednesday 11th January, a vehicle transporting around 180 live pigs from a farm in Risby to an abattoir in Spalding overturned at a roundabout on the A16 Cowbit.

“The driver is thankfully uninjured and has been treated for shock by paramedics.

“A vet is at the scene to assess the welfare of the animals, however, we have had to take immediate measures to euthanize a small number of animals due to the nature of injuries sustained.

“The remaining animals are being taken to the Spalding site for further examination and assessment by onsite vets. It is too early to confirm the cause of the incident and we are working in full co-operation with authorities.”

Police said that while the wind is strong in the area a full collision investigation will have to be carried out to determine the cause of the crash.