A LORRY carrying 200 live pigs overturned after colliding with a bread lorry on the outskirts of York.

The road was closed for more than six hours after the accident, which also involved a car.

The crash happened at around 10.30am on the A59 near Upper Poppleton. There were long delays for other motorosts as emergency services helped move the pigs into another lorry.

The animals were being transported for slaughter, by Hull-based haulage company Grasby's, when the lorry collided with a Warburton's lorry. Thirty-five of the animals died or had to be put down at the scene, police said.

Two vets were called, along with RSPCA officers, who oversaw the pigs' welfare.

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The road was closed until late afternoon and diversions were in place while emergency services dealt with the incident.

Drivers were warned of severe delays, and the Number 59 bus service was diverted through Poppleton and Millfield Lane.

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Any witnesses to the collision are asked to phone North Yorkshire Police's control room on 101.