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SUFFOLK -- Several hogs escaped when the tractor-trailer they were in overturned in Suffolk early Tuesday.

The rig headed to Smithfield went off Godwin Blvd. around 4:45 a.m., rolled onto its side and struck a Verizon pole, City spokeswoman Debbie George told WVEC.com.

The road in the area of the 5900 block of Godwin Blvd. in Chuckatuck was closed through the morning. At 1:00 p.m., Police advised the road was partially opened with vehicles moving in both directions with alternate lane closings.

The truck driver was treated for minor injuries and charges are pending, George noted.

Drivers from Isle of Wight County were detoured at the 7-Eleven at Kings Highway. Drivers coming from downtown Suffolk area were detoured at Hawk Lane.

Some of the hogs were killed and the survivors that got loose were eventually corralled.

'This morning's crash of a Smithfield-bound truck carrying live pigs was at least the ninth such accident in southeastern Virginia since 2004,' said PETA spokesman David Perle. 'Because of the pork industry's shameful record of hiring reckless drivers, the mangled remains of many pigs have been left on Virginia highways. It's high time that the pork industry enacted a strict safe-driver policy.'

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