Two separate cattle trucks crashed in Wisconsin early monday morning, and each driver had their own, somewhat unique explanation for their accident.
The accident occurred on April 19th in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
According to Green Bay News, the first accident happened on Interstate 43 at University Avenue, closing a portion of the interstate for a time as crews worked to clear the wreckage and deal with the 30 cows inside of the trailer.
“He’s claiming that his dog jumped in his lap, causing him to roll his semi over,” said Sgt. Kurt Brester of the Green Bay Police Department. “We didn’t open up the cattle trailer yet, but he’s claiming there’s 39 head of cattle in the trailer.”
The driver was not hurt in the incident.
A short while later, a second cattle truck crashed into a roundabout on Packerland Drive at Highway 29.
The driver claims he thought he was still on the highway, and so did not expect to encounter a roundabout.
The driver was unhurt, but 12 cows were killed as a result of the wreck.
The director of the local trucking school says that hauling cattle can be extra tricky due to their shifting weight.
“The weight of each individual cattle is pretty extensive, and so it creates this momentum,” said Rob Behnke, Director of Truck Driving Programs at FVTC said. “There is a significant risk with that.”
“This is an example of what can happen, and we need to use this as a learning experience. Other drivers can take heed or warning.”