Semi Rolls Spilling Cattle On Interstate 90

HAYWARD, Minn. (WCCO) — A semi traveling in southern Minnesota rolled over Thursday morning, spilling livestock onto the interstate.

The accident happened around 5:40 a.m. on Interstate 90 east of Albert Lea, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The semi was traveling east on I-90 when it rolled on its side, ejecting 16 cattle from the top of the trailer.

A car traveling westbound on I-90 struck one of the cattle. That driver received minor injuries. The cow that was hit had to be put down.

Interstate 90 was closed for a short time while the scene was being contained. A Dense Fog Advisory in the area also made for dangerous conditions.

According to Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Jeff Westrum, crews attempted to herd the cows away from the interstate to a county road where a farmer allowed them to use his land to fence them in.

But six of the cows, possibly startled by the crash, became agitated and started charging the crews, hitting a firefighter and snowmobile, according to Westrum. Those six cows had to be put down.

The rest of the cattle were corralled into another trailer. The Albert Lea Fire Department is taking care of 50-75 gallons of fuel that spilled from the accident.

The scene was clear around noon.

  • Tom

    here cows here cows come and get it

  • kim

    mmmm… steak

  • TS

    Poor cows. How sad.

  • Jim

    Holy Cow!

  • Sam Maass

    Cattle are hard to haul, as they can shift in the trailer. I respect the drivers, and hope this one comes out okay.

  • mr waffles

    Great driver–what a complete tool!!

  • Chelsey Little

    I wonder if the farmer is getting the beef for allowing them to use his land. It was what, 7 cows slaughtered? That would last him a mightly long time. He would have one hell of a full freezer!

  • Kari

    Suppose Beef will raise in price. Shortage of beef. (Like oil)

    • Matt G

      Not the forum for it, but rising Oil prices has nothing to do with oil shortages!

  • Mike Hunt

    I wanna ge a cowboy.

  • DaveM

    Better than a load of bees, like in Lakeville.

    • rmsbl4


  • John

    Why did the cow cross the road?

    • rmsbl4

      She wanted to get to the udder side

    • rmsbl4

      Maybe there was a Raging Bull on the udder side.

  • Geraldine

    It was scared! Poor animal. I feel so bad for it. For all of them. I will pray for the surviving animals.

  • MattGMD

    Wonder if the driver was speeding or texting or something? Doubtful the cows caused the trailer to flip. I refrain from ever trying to convert others to my choice of being vegetarian, but at least treat the livestock with respect by safely transporting the animals.

    • Kutie

      See there….there you go assumig…the report said there was fog in the area that may have contributed to the accident…always wanting to point fingers and accuse…

      • Matt G

        Wouldn’t you (Kutie) be assuming something by making the generalization statement of “always wanting to point fingers….” ???

        MattGMD…you gotta try some beef man! No need for the steroid up cows you can get free range beef at Whole Foods !!



    • rmsbl4

      Are you trying to say that wounded or disabled vets are only entitled to road kill?

  • rmsbl4

    It must have been an udder mess.

  • stacell

    The cows should get a free pass!

  • mr waffles

    Give the meat to Taco Bell–they could use some!

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