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.
— Cobb County DOT (@CobbDOT) October 1, 2018
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 a cloverleaf ramp, and a few of the animals died as a result.
A driver hit and killed one of the cows and had to be taken to a hospital.
I-285 EB near I-75. Traffic is backed up due to an overturned TT and have released a lot of cattle. This cow is at the bridge over the Chattahoochee River, right at the Cobb county line heading west. Our maintenance truck is blocking the cow in to keep it safe. @GADeptofTrans pic.twitter.com/6wZGkseAzy
— Georgia DOT ATL (@GDOTATL) October 1, 2018
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's unclear when the interstate connector will reopen.
Getting the cows into the cattle trailer safely. pic.twitter.com/EiIEWK7xrn
— Georgia DOT (@GADeptofTrans) October 1, 2018
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