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At 2:00 a.m. Thursday morning, a truck towing a trailer loaded with 23 cows was traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 when it crashed. The juvenile driver from Clovis, California, lost control of the pickup truck just before Douglas Road in Roseville.
The young driver reported to the California Highway Patrol officer on scene that he swerved out of the way of an object in the roadway, trying not to hit it.
As a result of the driver’s over correction, the trailer hit a guardrail that ripped into its side, leaving a gaping hole, where several cows spilled out onto the freeway.
The accident severely injured a few of the cattle and some were killed instantly. A couple of the severely injured animals had to be euthanized at the scene. A total of six cows died as a result of the accident.
According to CHP, a secondary minor accident leading up to the scene took place. Witnesses reported that it was a gruesome scene.
I-80 was closed while officers from Placer County Sheriff’s Office, CHP, and Roseville Police rounded up the cattle that were loose on the freeway.
The driver of the truck was not injured in the crash. Alcohol or drugs were not suspected in this mornings crash.
The freeway was reopened around 4:30 a.m.