Tractor-trailer hauling cows flips on I-469

The driver of a flipped semi did not require hospitalization.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A tractor-trailer carrying cattle flipped on I-469 Friday morning.

Emergency personnel were called to the northbound lanes of the interstate between Maplecrest Road and I-69 shortly after 2:30 a.m. As of 5:30 a.m., police reopened one northbound lane after they cleaned the crash.

According to the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, the semi driver said a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed cut him off as he was in the right lane. The truck went off the right side of the road and flipped onto the passenger side.

Officials said 34 cattle were in the trailer and several could be heard making noise and be seen kicking or moving into the trailer’s roof. None of the cattle got out of the trailer. It’s unclear if any of the cattle died as a result of the crash.

A flipped semi on I-469 Friday morning was carrying 34 cattle, according to officials.
A flipped semi on I-469 Friday morning was carrying 34 cattle, according to officials.

The driver suffered minor head injuries and did not require hospitalization.

Saint Joseph Fire Rescue contained about 200 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled, according to Chief David Ringer. Due to the spill, the Fort Wayne Fire Department’s Hazmat crew was called.

Allen County Homeland Security was expected to make the scene to survey the spill.

It’s unclear if anyone from the health department or a veterinarian would be needed to assist at the crash site. The cattle were expected to be off-loaded onto another truck.

Police said the driver was out of Celina, Ohio, but it was unclear where another truck might come from.

 

The crash is under investigation.

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