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Driver in pig truck crash charged

The driver of a truck carrying pigs to slaughter that rolled over in Burlington this week has been charged with careless driving.

Activist also charged at rollover site, 42 pigs die after crash

A truck carrying a load of pigs rolled over early Wednesday morning in Burlington. (Dave Ritchie/CBC)

The driver of a truck carrying pigs to slaughter that rolled over in Burlington this week has been charged with careless driving.

Halton police announced Friday that a 25-year-old man from Brunner, Ont. had been charged under the highway traffic act, alongside one "administrative-related charge."

It capped off an extremely hectic week outside the Fearmans Pork plant, where 42 pigs died in a crash that snarled traffic near the corner of Appleby Line and Harvester Road.

The incident also led to further charges for Toronto woman Anita Krajnc, who was arrested at the scene and charged with obstructing police and a breach of recognizance.

That's on top of the mischief charge she is already fighting in court, for giving pigs water through the narrow openings of a metal trailer as they were headed to the very same plant on June 22, 2015.

Anita Krajnc arrested again

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Anita Krajnc from Toronto Pig Save was arrested again at the scene of a rollover of a truck full of pigs this morning in Burlington. Krajnc is currently on trial on mischief charges for giving water to pigs headed to slaughter. 0:41

There were about 180 pigs on the truck that rolled over on Wednesday, said Mary Jane Quinn, manager of communications for Ontario Pork. Of those, 138 were unharmed and sent to the plant for "processing."

"The remainder were either killed in the accident or were seriously compromised," she said. "Unfortunately, the pigs that died could not be processed as per [Canadian Food Inspection Agency] guidelines.

"The hogs that survived were examined by CFIA and approved for processing at the plant."

Krajnc is due back in court in November.

adam.carter@cbc.ca

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