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Archive for Tuesday, March 1, 2011

U.S. Highway 56 reopens near Globe after cattle truck accident

March 1, 2011, 8:23 a.m. Updated March 1, 2011, 1:05 p.m.

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U.S. Highway 56 and County Road 1029

U.S. Highway 56 in southwestern Douglas County was closed Tuesday morning after a cattle truck rolled over near County Road 1029 in Globe about 3 a.m., according to Douglas County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Steve Lewis. The highway reopened Tuesday afternoon.

Lewis said the driver of the truck, who was hauling the cattle from Kentucky to Kansas, was not injured and approximately 12 cows died.

Officers believe the driver was westbound on the highway when he reached down to grab an item and the right tires of the truck went off the shoulder of the road. The driver tried to correct course and the trailer, which contained about 50 cows, flipped onto its side.

Officers, firefighters and veterinarians were on scene to clear the accident. Just before 8 a.m., Lewis said the cattle will likely be taken to a barn in Overbrook.

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