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Cattle Truck Rolls Over on Colorado Highway

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Longhorn CattleA tractor trailer carrying dozens of cattle partially rolled along U.S. Highway 50 on Monday, in Salida, Colorado. As a result, Colorado State Patrol troopers had to transfer 72 large farm animals to smaller livestock trailers, reports Jaryd Wilson for Fox21News.com.

The State Patrol, investigating the accident, said the driver, 55-year-old Walter James, went too fast around a curve, and went off the right side of the highway about two miles east of Salida at around 2:10 p.m., Wilson writes. James, a resident of Manzanola, Colorado, was driving a 2000 Peterbilt semi-truck.

The transfer of the animals from the large truck to small trailers took about an hour and a half, during which time the highway was closed, Andy Koen writes for KOAA.com. James was not injured in the accident, Koen writes.

There was a similar accident last month in Carbondale, Colorado, but in that one some of the animals were not as lucky. The Glenwood Springs Post Independent (PI) writes that on Tuesday, Oct. 23, a semi truck containing cattle crashed on a curve on Highway 133 near the BRB Campground. That accident resulted in the death of “at least seven” cattle, PI reports, although most of the cattle were not injured. The animals were rounded up by local ranchers and others who arrived on horseback.

Colorado State Patrol Ryan Parker told PI that at around 11 a.m. that day, the truck failed to make a right curve in the road, crossed into the northbound lane and off the left side of the road. It hit a guardrail and rolled onto its left side, where it blocked both lanes of traffic. “As the truck and trailer flipped over, the roof of the trailer opened up and the cattle inside were spilled out,” PI writes. The highway was closed until 2:30 p.m.

The driver, Roger A. Rose, 49, of Carbondale, was treated at the scene for minor injuries. Officials suspected driver inexperience and lane violations, but not excessive speed or alcohol, Parker told PI.

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