A tractor-trailer carrying pigs crashed and caught on fire on Interstate 95 north near Quantico on Friday, killing 20 pigs and snarling traffic all day.

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A tractor-trailer carrying pigs crashed and caught on fire on Interstate 95 north Friday, killing 20 pigs and snarling traffic all day.

Virginia State Police Trooper E. Byrd is investigating the crash at the 147.2 mile marker in Stafford County around 10:30 a.m. A 2005 Peterbilt tractor-trailer was traveling north on I-95 when it ran off of the left side of the roadway and collided with a Jersey wall. The tractor-trailer then jackknifed, came to rest across the travel lanes, and caught fire. 

The driver of the tractor-trailer, David L. Ressler, 58, of Waynesboro, Pa., was not injured in the crash and was wearing a seatbelt, said state police Sgt. Brent Coffey.

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VDOT camera image of the truck fire on I-95 in Stafford County on Friday morning.

Approximately 200 pigs were being transported in the trailer at the time of the crash. A veterinarian responded to the scene to assess the livestock. Approximately 20 did not survive the crash, to include six that had to be euthanized by the vet, Coffey said.

Ressler was charged with reckless driving. 

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VDOT camera image of the truck fire on I-95 in Stafford County on Friday morning.

The northbound lanes of I-95 were completely closed for about two hours, then the right lane and shoulder were blocked for several more. Traffic was detoured to U.S. 1 and traffic was backed up more than 10 miles.

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(7) comments

Soily

I saw that the folks at the Woodbridge Famous Dave's offered to dispose of the pigs. That was nice of them. I love those guys.

icrazyhorse

Hummmmm. Did someone say "barbecue?"

PWC resident since '69

Just wondering how did Nancy Pelosi manage to survive?

American

Chuck Schumer was standing in front of Nancy.

Rabbit

Very irresponsible reporting to omit what happened to the pigs who survived. They must have been traumatized. Very cruel for readers to refer to them as “barbecue.” Be kind. Be humane. Care about our fellow creatures.

American

Unnamed sources from the WAPo reported ham sandwiches were being served on the side of the road during the clean up.

BeetleBailey

Those little piggy's were heading to the market, Those little piggys's should have stayed home

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