A truck carrying approximately 40 sheep collided with another vehicle between Exits 7A and 8 in Mercer County along the New Jersey Turnpike last night just after 10 p.m.
The drivers were not injured. But about half the truck’s live cargo perished in the accident while the rest fled on the Northbound side of the highway, a New Jersey State Police spokesperson told Fleet Owner.
An animal control officer from Washington Township, NJ assisted state police in rounding up the livestock.
The New Jersey Turnpike is infamous for truck accidents that result in traffic-jamming cargo spills. Last month, for example, another accident near Exit 3 set loose hundreds of chickens along the highway.
“There’s always been freak accidents along the turnpike,” the spokesperson said, pointing out that the highway is part of I-95. New Jersey, the Garden State, is known for its active agriculture sector.