10 Cows Killed in I-285 Tractor-Trailer Crash in Cobb County, Georgia
SANDY SPRINGS, GA. – October 1, 2018 (patch.com) Ten cows were killed in a tractor-trailer crash October 1 on Interstate 285 in Cobb County, Georgia, according to an online news report from patch.com.*
A truck carrying almost 90 cows overturned the morning of October 1 as it was exiting Interstate 285 East onto Interstate 75 North. It is still not clear what exactly caused the truck to overturn. Many of the cows escaped the trailer after the crash and wandered onto the interstate. Ten of the cows died in the crash.
Many of the cows went to the New Northside Drive and Powers Ferry Road area in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Sandy Springs Police worked with Cobb County Police to round up the loose cattle, which were then transported to a facility in Calhoun, Georgia. By Monday afternoon, 87 cows had been accounted for, and two were still missing.
“It is possible the missing cows could be in the area of Sandy Springs where some of the cows managed to roam before being captured earlier today,” said Sgt. Wayne Delk, of the Cobb County Police Department. “Thanks to Sandy Springs Police for their assistance.”
The driver of the cattle trailer, who has not been identified, was injured and transported to a nearby hospital. The driver of another vehicle was also injured after hitting one of the loose cows on the interstate.
The October 1 incident represents the third report this year of loose cattle on Georgia interstates. In May, another 10 cows died when a tractor-trailer crashed on I-75 South near Kennesaw. The driver of that tractor-trailer drifted off the roadway then overcorrected, causing the truck to strike an attenuation barrier. About a month later, three cows were killed when a tractor-trailer overturned while entering Interstate 20 from I-285 in DeKalb County, Georgia.
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