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Bay County deputies discover 8 Bengal tigers in semi crash

Bay County deputies discovered a crashed semi truck had eight Bengal tigers inside, each weighing about 600 pounds. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

BAY COUNTY, Mich. - Deputies in Bay County responded to a semitrailer crash on I-75 Monday, May 14, just before midnight.

What sounded like a routine call, Bay County Sheriff Troy R. Cunningham said, took a wild turn.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered the truck had nine passengers and eight of them were Bengal tigers, each weighing about 600 pounds.

Ironically enough, the crash site on southbound I-75 was at the Wilder Road connector in Monitor Township.

Due to rain and weather conditions, the sheriff said the semitrailer had hydroplaned and its driver lost control, causing it to leave the roadway.

Cunningham said the tigers are owned by a circus company and the driver was transporting them to New York.

The driver was OK and the sheriff said the tigers were uninjured as well.

He said the tigers were held overnight at local towing company.


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