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Drivers on Fastest-Highway Running into Hogs, Deer

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    Local officials near the fastest highway in Texas hope a statewide competition looking for the county that collects the most feral hog tails will help reduce the numbers of the animals along the 85 mph toll road. At least two drivers have hit hogs since the road opened up earlier this week. (Published Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012)

    Drivers on Texas' new 85-mph toll road are finding out about an obstacle local drivers have dealt with for years: hogs and deer.

    At least two collisions this week on Texas Highway 130 involved drivers hitting pigs walking on the highway. The San Antonio Express-News reports that a third occurred when a vehicle hit a deer.

    No drivers were injured, but Lockhart police officer John Roescher reported seeing three dead hogs on the side of Texas 130.

    An expanded Texas 130 opened this week with a speed limit of 85 mph -- the fastest in the nation.

    Roescher tells the newspaper that collisions of animals and vehicles happen often on roads in the area, but no one knows yet if there will be more damage because drivers are going faster.