Taxi crashes into Pike Place Market pig statue

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on February 5, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 5 at 5:17 PM

SEATTLE - The popular piggy bank at Seattle's Pike Place Market took one on the snout this morning.

A taxi driver hit the gas when he was rear-ended nearby early Saturday and plowed into Rachel the Pig, a 550-pound, bronze piggy bank that has stood outside the market's famous fish-throwing stand since 1986.

The crash knocked the pig off her concrete base, which will have to be repaired. Market officials say it will probably take a few days. The statue itself was also scratched up a bit.

A cab driver was not seriously injured but was taken to the hospital. A passenger was not hurt.

The piggy bank collects $6,000 to $9,000 every year. The money helps pay for social services.

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