Multiple cows die when tractor trailer overturns on I-75 near Atlanta


KENNESAW, Ga.  — Traffic is moving again on Interstate 75 north of Atlanta after authorities cleared up debris from a tractor-trailer that overturned with 19 cows.

Media reports on how many cows were killed, but there was a minimum of seven killed, maybe as high as 10.

News outlets report traffic was snarled for hours Thursday morning as surviving cows wandered the roadway after the crash on Interstate 75 in Kennesaw. Cobb County police Sgt. Wayne Delk says the Georgia State Patrol and Highway Emergency Response Operators helped corral the animals on the side of the road.

The truck was towed away from the scene at 7 a.m., around two hours after it tipped over. The interstate reopened after that.

The living cows were taken away to an undisclosed location. Delk says the condition of the truck driver is currently not known.

It’s unclear how the truck tipped over.

It took almost two hours for crews to upright the overturned cattle trailer and re-open some of the southbound lanes Thursday morning, according to a report on television station WSB..

The surviving cows calmly munched on some breakfast in the grassy shoulder.

The meal was short-lived, lasting only until another truck could be brought in and the cattle herded onto another trailer.

They were then taken to a sales pen in north Georgia.

Cobb County police said they are investigating the cause of the crash.


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