The Utah Highway Patrol says that speed was a factor in a cattle truck crash in Ogden that has resulted in serious traffic backups.
Police Say Speed Was A Factor In Cattle Truck Crash
The poor cows!!!!! (and btw this same thing happened last January in the same spot) https://t.co/JgTEMHbDtb
— Anna Burleson (@AnnagatorB) November 22, 2017
The crash happened just before noon as a truck hauling cattle took the southbound I-15 ramp onto I-84 east. Police say that the weight in the trailer shifted and caused the truck to crash. The Utah Highway Patrol says that the speed limit on the ramp is 45 m.p.h. and that the truck was exceeding that speed limit.
The crash caused the cattle to spill out of the truck off of the I-84 overpass onto southbound I-15 below. Police aren’t sure yet how many cows died but they have confirmed that some cows were killed. Many cows are wandering alongside the interstate.
Cattle fall from I-15 overpass after semi-truck accident in Ogden https://t.co/1WrCHkMUEt
— ABC 33/40 News (@abc3340) November 22, 2017
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The truck driver was not seriously hurt.
Five Mile Traffic Backups Reported
The incident has resulted in traffic backups as much as 5 miles long. The southbound I-15 ramp to eastbound I-84 is closed. Southbound I-15 at 31st Street is also closed, according to the Utah Department of Transportation.
— Chase Thomason (@ChaseThomason) November 22, 2017
The crash remains under investigation by the Utah Highway Patrol.
A similar crash happened in this same spot in January of 2016. In that crash, 70 of the 80 cows on board were killed. The truck driver was unhurt. Utah Troopers blamed excessive speed for the crash.
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I-15 Riverdale. Update: Crash SB I-15 ramp to EB I-84 closed, SB I-15 closed at 31st St. Consider alternate routes.
— UDOT Region One (@UDOTRegionOne) November 22, 2017