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A semi tractor-trailer hauling nearly 200 pigs left the highway and struck several utility poles causing Ind. 28 to close and power to be knocked out for more than eight hours, according to Delaware County police.

The driver, 22, of Lebanon Ohio, told police he felt the trailer begin to sway before the truck ran off the side of the road and struck four utility poles. The accident happened near Delaware County Road 100-W just after 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

The truck accident caused a nine hour power outage and the highway to close past midnight. In an effort to avoid colliding with the tractor-trailer, another vehicle ran off the roadway.

The truck was registered to Kremer Family Farms, of Ansonia, Ohio, according to police.

In September, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management issued a notice of violation accusing Kremer Family Farms of polluting waters of the state through a manure release in early August at a Randolph County hog farm.

Kremer allegedly failed to adequately respond to the manure spill, failed to timely report the spill to IDEM, allowed manure to be applied to the land as fertilizer when soil and weather conditions were unsuitable, and committed other violations.

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