Responders work to clean up scene at Ottumwa roundabout

Commuters in Ottumwa found snarled traffic as they tried to head home Monday evening.

UPDATE: A rollover accident on Ottumwa's Highway 34/63 roundabout snarled traffic for the evening commute Monday.

A tractor-trailer carrying 148 hogs to the Cargill plant overturned shortly after 4 p.m. as it tried to make the turn.

The Ottumwa Police Department told us the driver was Scott Rinehart, 47, of Moravia, Iowa.

He was not hurt. Police gave Rinehart a citation for failing to keep control of his vehicle.

Officers say Rinehart apparently took to turn too fast, causing the truck to tip over, landing on its right side.

No other vehicles were involved.

Cargill sent a few smaller trailers to the scene to load the pigs into.

No word on how many of the animals were hurt or killed.

A spokesman from the Ottumwa Fire Department told us he was impressed by how humanely crews from Cargill handled the injured animals.

It took about four hours to clear the scene.


Commuters in Ottumwa found snarled traffic as they tried to head home Monday evening.

Just before 5 p.m., a semi trailer overturned as the driver was trying to negotiate the roundabout at the intersection of Highway 34 and 63. The trailer was carrying a load of hogs.

Ottumwa firefighters, police and the Iowa State Patrol all responded.

When KTVO arrived on the scene, the hogs on the trailer had yet to be off-loaded. The animals could be heard squealing as responders worked to clean up the accident.

At this time, we do not have any report on injuries to the driver or the animals.

This is the second tractor trailer accident on the roundabout this summer.

In June, the road was closed for several hours after a truck carrying methanol tipped over.