Big Rig Overturns Killing Cattle, Lumber Truck Spill Causes Chaosby Jana Ritter - Published: 9/24/2016
It’s one thing to tip a load of cargo, and a whole other thing to tip a load of cows. On Friday, a truck driver was transporting 160 cattle when he suddenly rolled over and tipped his tractor-trailer on the road.
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The crash occurred near 47th Street East and Palmdale Boulevard in Palmdale CA, north of Los Angeles. Shortly before 11:20 am, the truck driver was approaching a roundabout and while it is still unclear what caused the driver to lose control, the semi-truck flipped onto its side with the cattle left helpless to brace the fall. Los Angeles County firefighters, sheriff’s deputies, animal control workers and even a few local ranch hands descended on the scene and worked together trying to rescue the animals from the trailer one by one and keep them calm.
“They’re trying to wrangle up the cows so everything can go back to normal,” said Deputy Orlando Martinez with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Palmdale Station. Authorities also built a makeshift pen out of pieces of fencing along the roadway to herd the cattle and a veterinarian also came to determine the cattle damage. Unfortunately some of the animals were killed by the crash and several were left injured. Animal rights activists also showed up on the scene and expressed their outrage for the fallen animals. Fortunately the truck driver was uninjured, and no other vehicles were involved.
Another spill made headlines in Milford, CT on Thursday when a lumber truck overturned and spilled its contents on I-95 Exit 40 near Milford and Orange at around 3pm. While the driver suffered only minor injuries, the incident backed up rush hour traffic for a mile behind the exit and caused several additional accidents to occur along the interstate. Workers were called to the scene to clear lumber from the road and unload the remaining lumber from the semi-truck wreckage. Two dump trucks and a flatbed truck were used to take the pinewood two-by-fours away and five tow-trucks of various sizes were used for the difficult job of getting the semi upright as it lay on its side with the driver’s side door on the ground and its wheels in the air. According to state police, that portion of the interstate was closed until late Thursday evening.