UHP troopers herd cows after gate on cattle truck opens on highway

Back of the trailer the cattle escaped from, March 22, 2014 | Photo courtesy of the Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News.

IRON COUNTY — Four head of cattle fell onto Interstate 15 around mile marker 60 after the back gate of the truck transporting them from Parowan came open at 10:55 a.m., Saturday. Two of the four cattle were injured when they hit the roadway and had to be put down by officers on the scene, according to a statement from the  Utah Highway Patrol.

“Some doors came open and cows came out,” UHP Sgt. Todd Royce said .  “Some of them fell out, some of them walked out. Many of them are up and walking around. The troopers are out there herding the cows back into the trailer.”

The cows required herding by the troopers and it took about an hour for them to locate and contain the animals. Citations are pending regarding the driver for failing to secure the load properly, said the release.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by the authorities and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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