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.

Comments (24)
  1. Tom says:

    here cows here cows come and get it

  2. TS says:

    Poor cows. How sad.

  3. Sam Maass says:

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

  4. mr waffles says:

    Great driver–what a complete tool!!

  5. Chelsey Little says:

    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!

  6. Kari says:

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

    1. Matt G says:

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

  7. Mike Hunt says:

    I wanna ge a cowboy.

  8. DaveM says:

    Better than a load of bees, like in Lakeville.

  9. John says:

    Why did the cow cross the road?

    1. rmsbl4 says:

      She wanted to get to the udder side

    2. rmsbl4 says:

      Maybe there was a Raging Bull on the udder side.

  10. Geraldine says:

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

  11. MattGMD says:

    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.

    1. Kutie says:

      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…

      1. Matt G says:

        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 !!

  12. SHANNON says:


    1. rmsbl4 says:

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

  13. rmsbl4 says:

    It must have been an udder mess.

  14. stacell says:

    The cows should get a free pass!

  15. mr waffles says:

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

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