VIRGINIA, Ill. — Illinois State Police say the big Cass County pork project has been completed -- and it didn't cost the federal government millions of dollars.

The project involved removing 46,000 pounds of pork from the trailer of a semi that took a curve too fast early Tuesday morning and crashed into a ditch.

The accident forced the closing of Illinois Rte. 125 for nearly nine hours.

Troopers told the (Springfield) State Journal-Register that the truck driver, 48-year-old Robert Gaston of Scottsville, Ky., was headed east on Rte. 125 shortly after midnight when his rig skidded across both lanes and overturned in the ditch.

Gaston, who was taken to a Springfield hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions.

Information from: The State Journal-Register, http://www.sj-r.com

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