Pig falls from truck, blocks traffic north of Washougal

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Updated: August 14, 2013, 1:48 PM

 

A pig that fell out of a truck blocked traffic on Washougal River Road for about an hour and a half Wednesday morning.

Clark County Animal Protection and Control officers were dispatched about 10 a.m. to 36400 N.E. Washougal River Road, about six miles north of Washougal.

Once there, officers spoke with a woman who was driving behind a livestock trailer and witnessed a 250- to 300-pound pig climb a 3-foot barrier in the truck and fall to the ground, said Paul Scarpelli, the county’s animal control manager. He couldn’t explain the behavior.

“Pigs aren’t really known to do that,” Scarpelli said.

The owner of the pig eventually noticed the animal was no longer in the truck and drove back to the scene. The pig, which sustained significant injuries, was lifted back into the truck and taken back home, where Scarpelli said the farmer planned to euthanize the animal.

Animal Control officers directed traffic on the road until 11:30 a.m.