LOCKHART, Texas — The fastest toll road in the country has only been open two days and is already having problems with road hogs.
State Highway 130 runs from east of Seguin to just north of Georgetown. Along the way, drivers taking advantage of the 85-mph speed limit will zoom past Lockhart, a town known for its barbecue and also its feral hogs.
Lockhart police Chief Michael Lummus said they dealt with three drivers who ran into hogs on the first night the highway opened.
"The toll road cuts through a lot of rural area, a lot of farm land," Lummus said. "You would expect there to be a lot of deer and wild life. This county, we are really overpopulated with feral hogs, and we began to notice them several months ago."
One of the officers in Lockhart captures dash cam video of the hogs scurrying across the new toll road.
"As you see in the video, some of them are small — probably 30, 40 pounds," Lummus said. "Some previous video we had about a month ago, they were on up probably an excess of 300 pounds. Big, big hogs."
None of the drivers were injured in any of the wrecks, but Lummus said he fears drivers could roll their vehicles or deploy an airbag while trying to avoid a herd of hogs.
He wants drivers to know that just because they are allowed to drive 85 mph on State Highway 130, it doesn't mean they have to.