Caseyville, Ill (KSDK) - An overturned cattle truck has been removed from I-64 after it caused a traffic back-up in the area as crews tried to round-up loose cattle.
Illinois State Police said the driver of the cattle truck hit a vehicle in the lane next to it around 1:36 a.m. Monday. The impact caused the trailer to overturn on its side.
The trailer was hauling 65 head of cattle. A few of the cattle got loose and had to be destroyed at the scene of the accident for traffic safety purposes, according to police.
The 43-year-old truck driver was not injured. He was cited for improper lane usage.
Two passengers in the car had minor injuries from the crash. They were taken to an area hospital for treatment.
The accident caused traffic delays in the area while police and firefighters tried to round up the loose cattle. They used cattle prods to get a hold of them one at a time.
The truck carrying the animals was towed away around 8:45 a.m. and street sweepers were brought in to clean off the traffic lanes.
The interstate reopened around 9:40 a.m.
Dan Paden, a spokesperson for PETA released the following statement Monday to NewsChannel 5:
"Having documented numerous wrecks that always leave farmed animals languishing with severe injuries and dying slowly, PETA understands that in some situations, trained officers are faced with difficult decisions and opt to use firearms to instantly kill escaped cattle who cannot be safely secured and who pose a threat to motorists, responders, and/or themselves. As tragic as it is that escaped animals had to be shot today, a quick death by gunshot is a kinder and less terrifying fate than death at a slaughterhouse, where these animals would have had a steel bolt shot into their skulls, been strung up by one leg, and had their throats slit. The factory-farming industry must prioritize preventing and responding immediately and humanely to these frequent, chaotic crashes. Anyone upset by these animals' terror, suffering, and bloody deaths today can help end systemic, egregious cruelty to billions of animals by going vegan."