Semi Flips Over, Leaving Cows On Highway

Updated 05/22/11 – 5:04 p.m.

MARKHAM (STMW) — A south suburban interstate ramp remains closed Sunday afternoon more than five hours after semi truck hauling cattle overturned — killing some of the livestock and leaving others to roam the road.

A semi truck hauling cattle crashed and flipped about 11:15 a.m. on an eastbound ramp from Interstate 80 to northbound Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Illinois State Police District Chicago Trooper Richardo Sandoval said.

State Police said some of the cattle were killed when they fell off the ramp after the crash. Others were roaming the ramp.

“We do have some livestock that perished, and some are still alive in the trailer,” Sandoval said. “They [State Police] are trying to round up the livestock.”

State Police remained on the scene, and the ramp remained closed, at 4:45 p.m., State Police said. Illinois State Police Tollway District are assisting, Sandoval said.

There was no indication the trucker was injured, and it was not immediately known why the crash happened.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • Joe Patroni

    Does this new Illinois “Road Kill” legislationl allow the Troopers or passing motorists to take home a dead cow home and have a cook out?

    • Joann Butkus

      Read my mind….I’ll bring the spit and charcoal

  • eric lorenz

    i was driving down I 294 when this happened, im glad a cow didnt fall on me when i was driving, im luck i got off at I 80, thats when i saw the truck and the dead cows

  • Tanya Livingston

    It’s a good thing the cows are roaming I-80 rather than the Tri-State (294). They would have needed an I-PASS

  • kim keke

    I think it is horrible of people making a joke about the poor cows that fell to their death I was also on 294 and saw the truck on 80 laying on its side what a awful sight that must have been poor cows

    • caleb

      Kim I watched one take her last breath I am a country boy but it is still sad I am lucky to ha e not been 1 min faster I would ha e rolled the semi I was driving

    • Jessie Fell

      They were going to be slaughtered and turned into half eaten Happy Meals anyway. At least now they had an exciting end and made the news to boot. What a way to go…..How many people just pass away and just get ignored?

      • Vicky

        People that treat animals like garbage should look in the mirror if they want to see some REAL trash.

  • raymond

    i was there with a bucket in hand

  • Just me

    Cows are raised for the dairy industry, STEERS are raised for the beef industry.

  • caleb

    I was there also I noticed to front wheel of the semi still turning. The people driving the cars did an amazing job to not crash into eachother. I was in a semi on 294 the target truck and almost got hit by a person pulling a boat. Poor cattle I see a lot on the road but animals break my heart.

  • Dana

    I saw this accident as well, and it was horrible. There were mass amounts of blood. Not to mention people had children in their cars and they had to see this. It’s sad that our countries mass production of meat is made into a joke in these comments. This was human error and the driver isn’t facing too many consequences. Whether you eat meat or not, be respectful for those who stopped to help, had to clean up the site and make your daily lives easier.

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