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Pigs Spill Onto Texas Highway After Tractor-Trailer Crashes [VIDEO]

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Authorities in Texas rounded up a number of pigs Thursday morning after a tractor-trailer crashed on a busy highway.

A helicopter for NBC News captured the immediate aftermath and broadcasted it on Facebook Live.

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After being ejected from the overturned vehicle, many of the swine refused to move from their spots presumably because they were either injured or startled from the violent accident. (It’s also possible the pigs were just being stubborn).

Officials using hoses to ensure no fire ignited or spread from the crash often pointed the water at some of the pigs for drinking, cleansing and cooling purposes. Police were forced to shepherd multiple groups of pigs, including one pack which appeared to drift roughly a half mile away from the original scene of the crash. Even with the help of a cowboy-hat wearing cattle wrangler (who seemed to be holding a prong, possibly electrified), officers struggled to steer the unruly pigs into the back of another truck. The law enforcement agents tried manipulating the swine into the vehicle with their feet, but the pigs refused for several minutes.

It is not yet known if the drivers or passengers involved in the accident are safe. Traffic, which had to stay clear of the roaming pigs, was very backed up and diverted to adjacent roads.

Despite the potential severity of such a situation, a number of commenters on Facebook made light of the whole ordeal. (RELATED: Rabid Raccoon Charges Woman, She Holds Its Head Under Water Until Dead)

One user, for example, said the pigs are just “hogging the spotlight.”

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