LAKE COUNTY, Ind. — More than a dozen cows died Monday afternoon after the tractor-trailer hauling them rolled over on I-80 in northern Indiana.
Indiana State Police say the driver of the tractor-trailer, 25-year-old Jared Kroeger, of Lennox, S.D., entered a curve too fast and lost control of the truck.
The truck and trailer entered the westbound lanes of I-80/I-94 and rolled into the path of an oncoming van. As a result, the van hit the overturned vehicle.
Approximately 18 cattle were released from the trailer because of the crash, with the remaining 72 trapped inside the trailer.
Sixteen cows died at the scene. Some of the deaths were due to injuries caused by the crash and some had to be euthanized by veterinarians at the scene. The cattle were being transported from Ohio to Nebraska.
Kroeger was cited for driving at a speed greater than is reasonable.
Neither of the drivers was hurt in the crash.
Interstate lanes were shut down for about six hours because of the crash, with only one lane of traffic open.