NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - UPDATE:
Sixteen cattle died in an Interstate 80 accident near Brady Nebraska Thursday night. The Nebraska State Patrol says the semi hauling cattle rolled into the median at mile marker 199. The driver, Leonard Landers, 58, of Loup City, went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Livestock were corralled on the median of I-80 near mile marker 198. (SOURCE: Holly Barraclough/KNOP)
Officials say troopers discovered many loose cattle. Several troopers, Lincoln County Sheriff Deputies and volunteer fire departments assisted local ranchers in herding the cattle off the roadway. 110 head of cattle were in the trailer at the time of the crash. Sixteen were killed in the crash.
The interstate was closed for about three hours.
The Nebraska State Patrol is conducting an investigation into the cause, but preliminarily they believe the driver swerved to avoid an unknown object in the roadway. They do not think excessive speed or drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash. They said the semi was towed around 2:00 a.m.
ORIGINAL STORY: THURS., OCT. 17, 2019
A rollover involving a semi hauling cattle closed I-80 westbound between Brady and North Platte late Thursday night into Friday morning.
According to the Brady Volunteer Fire Department the semi was carrying over 100 head of cattle.
Emergency crews were forced to cut a hole in the rear and roof of the trailer in order to free the livestock.
Before a portable corral was assembled, some managed to get loose on the highway.
The Nebraska State Patrol worked to find the strays and wrangle them into a back-up trailer.
At least four of the cows died as a result of the crash.
There is no word on the cause of the crash or the condition of the driver.
We will provide more information on the incident as we receive it.