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Semi full of livestock overturns

By Anna Carrera , Erica Quednau |, Betty Simpson |

Published 10/02 2013 10:54AM

Updated 10/03 2013 07:06PM

Latest: 6:33 pm, 10/3/13, Thursday
VERMILION COUNTY -- Half a dozen cattle are still on the loose after the truck carrying them tipped over. It happened on I-74 early Wednesday morning.

Then, a different semi-truck hit a loose cow Wednesday night. Vermilion County's Animal Control director has been out tracking down six missing cows.

One of his crew spotted the group of cattle overnight on the north side of the highway. The director says it's just a matter of finding them in the woods.

He says there were 60 cows on the truck when it tipped over. Searchers have found 24 already. Each was hurt. 23 died at the scene. Another seven found near the highway overnight were put down.

Update: 4:40 pm, 10/2/13, Wednesday
VERMILION COUNTY -- A man is OK after his truck turned over on the interstate Wednesday morning. But, dozens of the cattle he was hauling are dead.

The accident happened just before 3 am, on I-74 near Danville. Police say the driver was carrying more than 60-cattle.

He hit the median and the truck overturned. Eleven of the cows survived and tried to run away.

Towing companies were called to help wrangle them in and clean up the debris. Illinois State Police and University of Illinois veterinary students were on-hand to help euthanize injured cattle. The surviving cattle were taken to a sale in Vermilion County.

The job took about ten hours. The driver was cited with improper lane usage.
Original: 10:54 am, 10/2/13, Wednesday
VERMILION COUNTY -- A driver was cited and taken to the hospital after his semi filled with cattle overturned. It happened in the westbound lanes of I-74 near mile marker 217 just before 3 am, Wednesday.

Police say the driver left the roadway, struck the median cable barrier and overturned. 29-year old James Carmack, of Harrodsburg, KY, was cited for improper lane usage. He's hospitalized in good condition.

There were more than 60-head of cattle on the truck. Officials spent much of the morning corralling the loose livestock.

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