87 cows accounted for after Atlanta truck wreck

Posted at 2:55 PM, Oct 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-01 11:00:30-04

ATLANTA (AP) - The Latest on truck that overturned on Atlanta area interstate, with cows escaping onto the highway (all times local):

12:35 p.m.

Police in the Atlanta area say they have accounted for nearly all the cows that were spilled onto an interstate highway when a livestock truck overturned.

Cobb County Police Sgt. Wayne Delk said in a news release Monday afternoon that 87 of the 89 cows that were in the truck have been accounted for after the wreck.

Delk said 10 of the cows were killed and two are still missing.

He said the cows that have been recovered will be taken to their destination in Calhoun.

The truck driver was hurt in the wreck on the cloverleaf of Interstate 75 and I-285 around 3 a.m. Monday. At least four wrecks were reported as the cows scattered along the roads, but no serious injuries were reported.

Some highways were closed while officers tried to round up the cattle.


5:50 a.m.

An overturned livestock truck has spilled a herd of cows onto a highway in Atlanta, backing up traffic and causing at least two wrecks that killed two cows.

News outlets report the truck spilled cows across Interstate 285 early Monday. WSB-TV reports at least one driver has been injured in a crash with a cow.

Another herd of cows spilled onto Interstate 75 in May and 10 cows were killed. A cattle truck overturned on Interstate 285 in June, spilling nearly 40 cows onto the highway. Three were killed.

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COBB COUNTY, GA (WGCL/CNN) – The Atlanta metro area is known for its traffic problems, but early Monday morning there were backups on one major Atlanta interstate for a bizarre reason.

Authorities tried to round up dozens of cows roaming the roadway after a tractor trailer hauling cattle overturned on Interstate 285.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the accident happened at 3:30 a.m. at a cloverleaf ramp, and seven of the cows died as a result.

A driver hit and killed one of the cows and had to be taken to a hospital.

The Department of Transportation says up to 70 cows may still be on the loose, and roaming cows have been spotted in nearby counties.

It is estimated that more than 80 cows were on the cattle truck when it overturned.

It’s unclear when the interstate connector will reopen.

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