Tractor-trailer crash leaves cows wandering interstate

Published 2:46 pm Friday, October 1, 2021

A crash involving a tractor-trailing transporting livestock blocked traffic on Interstate 10 Friday morning and resulted in 10 calves wandering the roadway.

Lake Charles Police Sgt. Shaun Touchet said the tractor-trailer was traveling westbound on I-10 when it left the roadway to the right and overturned. The roof of the tractor-trailer became unsecured during the crash and 10 calves were able to escape on to the interstate.

One of the calves was struck by another tractor-trailer traveling westbound on I-10, Touchet said.

Officers requested assistance from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Livestock Division due concerns of public safety of the passing motorists.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was cited for careless operation of a motor vehicle. Speed is suspected to be a contributing factor in the crash.