SAVANNAH, Ga. — Authorities say a truck driver from Riverview has been cited after a trailer containing eight circus animals became unhitched on a highway.
Michael K. Ramos was charged with driving too fast for conditions, failing to maintain his lane and having an improper class license after the crash on Interstate 516 near Savannah, authorities said late Monday.
Police say that around 4 p.m. Monday, Ramos hit a sign, which dislodged the trailer containing animals performing in the UniverSoul Circus.
The eastbound lanes of the highway were closed more than five hours near the Veterans Parkway exit.
Firefighters helped transfer two llamas, two zebras, two ponies and two camels to another trailer. Crews had to use the Jaws of Life and an O-cutter to clear a way for some of them.
"We're using the same tools we normally use to get someone extricated from an automobile to get the animals out," battalion Chief Dennis Cook told the Savannah Morning News.
Medics treated the llamas for minor nose and foot injuries.