JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– A semi hauling cattle tipped onto its side on Highway 285 Saturday afternoon, causing traffic delays. All lanes were cleared by 10 p.m. Saturday.
The semi tipped at about 4:30 p.m. between Morrison and Parmalee Gulch Road. The truck was hauling about 59 cattle when it tipped. Nine cattle died in the incident.
Colorado State Troopers aren’t sure how many more of the cattle are injured. A veterinarian has been called to the accident to determine if any of the injuries to the herd are serious.
The herd was loaded into another truck and taken to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
“Moving these cattle will be hazardous to both the first responders and law enforcement officers as well as the cattle themselves so we’re working to ensure a safe plan for everyone involved,” said Intercanyon Fire Department spokesman Dan Hadlestad.
There were intermittent closures for about six hours on Saturday during the accident investigation and cleanup.
How the semi tipped is unclear, but police believe it rolled as it was heading downhill in Turkey Creek Canyon.
The truck driver was not hurt. The state patrol said speed contributed to the crash.