Truck wreck in South Greenwood spills hogs on highway
Friday, September 27, 2013 8:20 AM
Officials were greeted by a passel of hogs running wild on a south Greenwood highway following a crash involving an overturned 18-wheeler early Friday morning.
Preliminary reports from the South Carolina Highway Patrol indicated the crash occurred about 2:30 a.m. along U.S. Highway 25 South between S.C. Highways 178 and 225.
Rhonda Thomas, of 40, of Chinquapin, N.C., was driving the 2001 Freightliner tractor-trailer, which was ferrying about 180 hogs at the time of the crash. She was wearing her seat belt and was taken to Self Regional Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries she sustained in the wreck.
According to Cpl. Bill Rhyne, the 18-wheeler struck a disabled 1999 Ford car that was in the median of the thoroughfare. The collision caused the truck to overturn on its side and slide into the highway's southbound lanes, blocking off southbound traffic along U.S. 25 South for several hours.
Several of the pigs loaded in the trailer got out and were roaming along the highway when authorities responded to the scene, Rhyne said. It was unclear how many of the hogs escaped or if any died in the wreck.
Thomas was charged with driving too fast for conditions in connection with the incident, Rhyne said.