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Swine killed in semitrailer rollover
bcso swine rollover
A semi-trailer loaded with livestock overturned Wednesday night at the U.S. 56/K-156 junction, 3 miles east of Great Bend. Approximately 10 head of swine were killed in the rollover. - photo by COURTERSY PHOTO

Barton County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a rollover crash around 11:37 p.m. on Wednesday at the junction of U.S. 56 and K-156, approximately 3 miles east of Great Bend. Sheriff Brian Bellendir reports that deputies arrived to find a 2008 Kenworth truck tractor and livestock trailer that had overturned while the driver was attempting to make a turn. The semitrailer was loaded with approximately 155 head of swine.

The driver, identified as Eliseo Lozano age 26 of Guymon, Oklahoma, was not injured, the sheriff reported. The rig was eastbound on U.S. 56 when Lozano attempted to make a left turn onto K-156.

“It appears the driver may have cut the turn too sharp, causing the livestock to shift and overturning the trailer,” Bellender stated in a news release. “The Sheriff’s office and other personnel were on the scene until approximately 2:30 a.m. Thursday offloading the livestock to another truck. Approximately 10 head of swine were killed in the accident.”