Trucks are heavier than cars, and although they are a small percentage of the total number of accidents on the road, the increased mass means that many accidents involving trucks cause a great deal of damage.
According to the local Sheriff's Office, a 2002 Mitsubishi Mirage crashed into the back of a flatbed tractor trailer just before the on-ramp from Watt Road. The tractor trailer was in traffic that had stopped because of a stalled vehicle.
Many of the pigs were injured and about half of them died. The driver was taking the pigs from Valley View Pork in Walkerville to Cassopolis. Newaygo County Undersheriff, Brian Boyd, said, "We've had volunteers show up, the farm has actually sent us several livestock trailers, we
The truck driver wasn't injured. The roadway will briefly be closed so the chickens could be removed. According to area officials, 18-wheelers often pass through carrying large numbers of chickens to a nearby farm.
One woman was transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Troopers estimate it could take as long as 7 hours to clear the scene from the debris and the truck contents, which was carrying animal feed at the time of the wreck.