A truck carrying a huge herd of cattle shut down part of the Big I for hours Friday morning. It crashed and not all of the cows made it out alive.
Following the bizarre crash, emergency crews were trying to get nearly 100 cows out of a semi that was on its side.
“They went over the overpass probably going too fast, the weight shifted causing the vehicle to roll over,” says Ofc. Simon Drobik.
Around 4:30 a.m., the cattle’s truck tipped over on the ramp from southbound I-25 to eastbound I-40.
It slowed traffic for hours and two cows died on scene.
It took emergency crews more than five hours to get the nearly 90 cows out of the truck and into a pen at EXPO New Mexico.
Dan Mourning at EXPO New Mexico says taking in animals during emergencies is what they do.
“Well you know we’re kind of the Marriott of animals it seems,” says Mourning.
A similar situation happened just a few mounts ago. In July, State Police pulled over a driver hauling pigs when they saw him swerving all over I-40.
The driver was arrested for DWI and the pigs were taken to EXPO New Mexico before finishing their trip to California.
In this case, the driver said the truck’s weight simply shifted and even though he was likely going too fast around the turn, he will not be cited.
Mourning says this crash could have been a lot worse.
“Considering the magnitude of the wreck and the accident and how it went down, it’s amazing we have all these boys and girls over here,” says Mourning.
The driver of the truck had minor injuries.
Those cows will soon finish their trip to Texas. There is no word on when they will be hitting the trail.