Cat­tle-hauling truck flips

Driver un­hurt af­ter rig car­ry­ing 92 head of cat­tle flipped over early Fri­day

Albuquerque Journal - - FRONT PAGE - BY ELISE KA­PLAN JOUR­NAL STAFF WRITER

4 steers killed, traf­fic snarled for hours

Four steers will not get to munch the sweet taste of Texas feed at the end of a long jour­ney af­ter the truck they were on flipped over in Al­bu­querque early Fri­day morn­ing.

Au­thor­i­ties say two of the steers died at the scene of the crash on the Big I and two oth­ers had to be put down shortly af­ter­ward.

Of­fi­cer Ray Wil­son of the New Mex­ico State Po­lice said that, around 4:30 a.m., a truck driver hauling 92 head of cat­tle from Ely, Nev., to a feed­ing lo­ca­tion in Dal­hart, Texas, flipped over on south­bound In­ter­state 25 as the road­way curved to merge onto east­bound In­ter­state 40.

He said the driver, em­ployed by Divis Ranch

Truck­ing LLC of Boyero, Colo., was not hurt.

The driver told po­lice he had been round­ing the bend of the fly­over when weight shifted in his trailer, caus­ing the whole truck to roll.

The crash and en­su­ing multi-agency in­ves­ti­ga­tion and clean-up closed the road­way for much of the morn­ing as of­fi­cials grap­pled with how to trans­port the sur­viv­ing live­stock. It was re-opened around 9:30 a.m.

Chris Bel­lan­toni, a me­dia co­or­di­na­tor for Expo New Mex­ico, said the fa­cil­ity and New Mex­ico Live­stock Board of­fi­cials were told about the crash and jumped into ac­tion.

“Live­stock Board mem­bers quickly came to the aid of APD and AFD to wran­gle and check on the wel­fare of the steers,” Bel­lan­toni wrote in a news re­lease. “All agen­cies in­volved were at the ready based on the train­ing that had been con­ducted in July at the Al­bu­querque Sun­port to pre­pare for these types of emer­gen­cies.”

He said that, by 8:30 a.m., the live­stock board was wrap­ping up tak­ing the cat­tle to Expo New Mex­ico’s out­door horse area, where the group was thor­oughly in­spected for in­juries.

“In to­tal 4 heads of cat­tle did not sur­vive the in­ci­dent, but this a re­mark­able num­ber for these types of in­ci­dents,” Bel­lan­toni wrote. “Eighty eight head of cat­tle have been suc­cess­fully housed at EXPO New Mex­ico where they are be­ing fed and given wa­ter.”

The sur­vivors were pre­par­ing to con­tinue their trek Fri­day af­ter­noon.

SOURCE: KOAT-TV

Eighty-eight steers were held at Expo New Mex­ico af­ter the truck they were in crashed at the Big I early Fri­day.

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