Cattle trailer accident sends 3 to local hospitals, kills 14 cows
An 18-wheeler hauling a load of 62 head of cattle overturned late Thursday morning in a collision with a pickup truck at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive and SW H. K. Dodgen Loop in Temple, sending three people to a local hospital and killing 14 of the cows.
Authorities earlier said that as many as 18 cows died, but provided an updated figure late Thursday afternoon.
Both drivers and a passenger in the 18-wheeler were taken to a local hospital with what police said were non-life threatening injuries.
Two of the cows escaped, but the others remained in the overturned trailer, which came to rest in the driveway of a CEFCO store at the intersection.
Area ranchers rounded up cattle trailers and working to get the cows, living and dead, out of the overturned trailer.
“Those animals were transported to a local ranch near Academy, to be tended until the release to their owners can be arranged,” Lt. Brad Hunt said in an updated press release.
The eastbound lanes of the loop were reopened just after 3 p.m., but the westbound lanes were still closed as of 5:30 p.m.
The Toyota Tundra pickup was southbound on MLK and the 18-wheeler was headed west on the loop at the time of the accident.
One of the drivers evidently ran a stoplight at the intersection.
The 14 cattle that died were taken to the Temple landfill, authorities said.
TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX)—Temple police issued a thank you Thursday evening to a long list of area residents and agencies that responded to help after the cattle truck accident.
The list includes the Evans Ranch in Academy, Durwood Moon, Michael Moon, Chris Southerland, Colby Cavail, Mark Engleking, Cole Weidman Tyler Weidman, Aillan Foster, Marcellno Chavez, Gustovo Chavez Eric Dach, Cefco Convenience Store, Tractor Supply Company, Grones environmental services, Loop 121 Towing, Belton Veterinary Clinic, Temple Public Works employees, Temple Fire & Rescue, Baylor Scott & White EMS, Texas Department of Public Safety, Bell County Sheriff’s Office
Temple Landfill employees and Temple Animal Control officers.