On Oct. 1, 2018, Channel 2 Action News reported on a cattle truck crash that occurred in Cobb County, which sent dozens of cows roaming the freeway. Around 3:30 a.m. on Monday, October 1st, the cattle truck crashed on the Interstate 285 eastbound ramp to I-75 north.
According to the report, there were 89 cows on the truck at the time of the crash, 10 of which died in the collision. Meanwhile, dozens more cows were loose, roaming freely on the interstate, placing both drivers and cows at serious risk.
According to Channel 2 Action News, 7 cows were hit by cars after the cattle truck rolled over, though we do not have the final number of how many cows were injured and killed in the crash. By 12:30 p.m., the police could account for 87 of the cows, which included cows that had been killed in Sandy Springs and Cobb County. After the crash on Monday, there were sightings of cows near the Chattahoochee River.
Around 4:00 p.m., the police thought they had finally caught up with the last cow, but they were wrong. Not long after the Sandy Springs police tweeted about catching the young bull, they could not see him on DOT cameras. Two mounted cowboys were able to help the police catch the last rogue cow by roping the bull at approximately 8:00 p.m. According to Channel 2 Action News, the station followed the saga on Facebook Live throughout its evening newscasts.
Never Mind Deer, Cows Are Dangerous
Usually, motorists have to be on the lookout for roaming deer, but typically in wooded and mountainous areas – not on metro interstates. In this particular trucking accident, dozens of cows were released from the cattle truck and went roaming on the interstate at 3:30 a.m. when it was still dark.
As a result of this cattle truck crash, unsuspecting motorists were placed in very dangerous situations where they had to brake suddenly to avoid hiding the animals. They had to swerve to avoid the animals crashing into their windshields at high speeds, though many of them ended up striking the cows anyway.
As Smyrna truck accident attorneys, we can’t help but wonder what caused the crash in the first place? Was it truck driver negligence? Or, was the truck improperly maintained? Surely a thorough investigation is taking place, but the truck driver and/or the driver’s employer may be facing a series of lawsuits from the drivers who collided with the cows on the interstate.
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