Firefighters, cowboys save injured cattle after semi crash

Firefighters, cowboys save injured cattle after semi crash

Credit: Oregon State Police

Firefighters, cowboys save injured cattle after semi crash

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 9:05 PM

WAGONTIRE, Oregon -- Firefighters and cowboys worked to save an enclosed trailer full of livestock after it overturned on a rural stretch of Highway 395 Wednesday.

Approximately 10 cows died during the incident.

Police say a passenger inside the semi hauling the trailer was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

According to Oregon State Police, the 63-year-old driver crashed as the cattle inside his trailer shifted when the truck he was driving negotiated a right turn.

Firefighters cut openings in the overturned trailer to get cows out and cowboys on horseback from a nearby ranch helped round up loose cattle.

The southbound lane of the highway was closed for six hours while volunteers helped round up loose cattle. Some cattle had to be euthanized after the crash.

The total number of surviving cattle is not available at this time.

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