Cattle Crash Closes Interstate

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 2:01pm

Frightened cows jump to their death from I-35 ramp in Dallas.

A portion Interstate 35 running through Dallas, Texas was shut down Thursday morning after a tractor trailer carrying 89 cows crashed, spilling its load.

At about 1:30 a.m., the tractor trailer flipped over as the driver rounded a curve at Colorado Boulevard. His load of cattle shifted, causing the trailer to flip, officials said.

Officers said a strong wind may have helped overturn the tractor trailer.

They also say the driver may have been impaired.

Several cows were killed in the crash while at least two panicked cows jumped over the HOV wall and fell to their death.

Several others had to be corralled on the highway.

In all, 70 cows were rescued from the wreckage, another 19 or so died or were euthanized due to injuries.

Officers said there were dozens of cows inside the semi after the crash and that the animals had to be removed before the trailer could be turned upright and removed.

The driver of the truck was not injured.

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