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Semi driver of circus animals charged after crash

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A llama is moved from the overturned semi into another trailer. A llama is moved from the overturned semi into another trailer.
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A Florida man who was driving a tractor trailer carrying zebras, camels, llamas and ponies was charged by in connection with a rush-hour crash on Interstate 516.

The tractor trailer with eight circus animals inside detached from the cab and overturned, according to Savannah-Chatham Metro Police. The wreck shut down the eastbound lanes of the interstate between the exit and entrance ramps to Veterans Parkway for more than five hours.

Police said Michael K. Ramos of Riverview, Fla., was charged with driving too fast for conditions and failure to maintain the lane of traffic. Georgia State Troopers charged him with having an improper class license.

He first struck a sign and guardrail with the Kenworth truck on the right side of the highway, dislodging the trailer and then coming to a rest on top of the guard rail, according to police.

Savannah firefighters had to use equipment to remove retaining inside the trailer to get two of the animals out.

Southside EMS technicians treated a llama's nose and another llama's foot. The two llamas, two zebras, two ponies and two camels, were transferred to another trailer.  

Universoul Circus says the animals are fine and they will perform on opening night Wednesday.

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