Cows, Crash Clog Interstate 39

Published 05/15 2014 05:25PM

Updated 05/15 2014 05:42PM

EL PASO – Drivers making an early morning trip along Interstate 39, got a bit of scare as they approached El Paso.

Police say around 2:30 a.m. Thursday a semi trailer, carrying about 120 cattle flipped over near mile marker 13, leaving cows running loose on the highway.

Dozens of farmers came to round up the livestock. Both sides of I-39 were closed, as the wandering cows caused another three accidents. Crews say the cows startled easily, so it was tough to clear things up.

“Drove them up like a cattle drive, but using squad cars and ambulances. And they came up and the farmers had a corral built with temporary gates and we loaded them up into the goose neck trailers there,” said Jeff Price, police chief for El Paso.

Crews worked until about 8 a.m. to clear the roads up. The driver of the semi, James Brown of Rome, Ga., is charged with failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident and failing to wear a seat belt.

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