Traffic Accident Triggers Cattle Roundup
GIBSONIA, Pa. (AP) _ A tractor-trailer carrying about 35 head of cattle overturned after colliding with a car on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and police, motorists and farmers from a county fair staged an impromptu roundup to recapture the animals.
″The trailer split open and we had about 30 of them milling around the side of the turnpike. But passing motorists and truckers managed to block the cattle from getting out to the road,″ Trooper Thomas Sloppy said today.
Six cattle had to be destroyed, Sloppy said.
The car driven by William Foust, 62, of Murrysville, swerved to avoid a tire rolling on the turnpike Wednesday evening and was bumped from behind by a Jeep, Sloppy said. The car swerved into the path of the tractor-trailer and both vehicles went off the road and the truck overturned, he said.
Farmers attending the Big Butler Fair about 25 miles away were enlisted to transport the surviving cattle to a local farm for temporary shelter, Sloppy said. They were to be taken to a slaughterhouse in Carlisle, he said.
″We had a snow fence set up as a temporary corral until we could move them. We were fortunate to have so much help. Most of the cattle had been rounded up by the time I got to the scene,″ Sloppy said.
Randy Vos, 32, of Morrison, Ill., who was driving the livestock truck, suffered multiple injuries and is listed in satisfactory condition at North Hills Passavant Hospital, said spokesman David Marko. Foust was treated and released for minor injuries, Marko said.
No charges were expected to be filed, Sloppy said.