I-80 open after cows loose on highway

Cattle on loose on Austintown freeway


AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol spend a few hours Monday night trying to round up cattle on Interstate 80 in Austintown.

A tractor-trailer carrying cattle went off the side of the road, struck a guardrail and overturned on I-80 before the Interstate 680 split.

The accident happened about 9 p.m.. The cows that were in the trailer were running loose on state Route 11, according to the patrol.

Traffic was diverted from I-80 East to state Route 11 south while crews cleaned up the scene and rounded up the cows.

“It definitely is difficult. You know, this is something we don’t see often but we have a lot of resources out here and we will do the best we can and get the cows rounded up and get the road back open,” said Lt. Nakia Hendrix of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Several fire departments, police agencies, good samaritans, and even a plane with heat sensors all came together to round up loose dairy cows.

Humane agent Dave Nelson said about once a year his office will respond to a group of animals on the loose, but that many cattle on a highway is a very rare occurrence. He is also questioning how many cows were loaded in the trailer.

“Not to this extreme where you have almost 37 large cattle in a trailer like that,” Nelson said. “It’s really terrible. Some of them are badly injured, and they are all piled up on top of each other.”

The accident is still under investigation. If any negligence is found, the driver could face charges.

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