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I-64 back open after tractor-trailer rollover crash involving runaway cows

Cows on I-64 in Cabell County
Cows on I-64 in Cabell County(Beth Doak)
Published: Jun. 24, 2021 at 3:08 PM EDT
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UPDATE 6/24/21 @ 9:25 p.m.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Interstate 64 is back open Thursday night, more than six hours after a tractor-trailer rollover crash in West Huntington that sent many cows onto the roadway.

The accident happened around 3 p.m. near the West Huntington exit. Despite the severity of the crash, the driver escaped serious injuries.

Some of the cows had to be euthanized due to their injuries.

Runaway cows were herded as far away as Chesapeake, Ohio.

Huntington Animal Control officials say the semi was hauling 63 cows to Nebraska. Fifty-three of them were accounted for and survived, while four died and six were missing.

UPDATE 6/24/21 @ 7:44 p.m.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Traffic is slowly moving in one eastbound and one westbound lane near the sight where a rollover tractor-trailer accident happened on Interstate 64 in West Huntington.

A rollover crash involving a tractor-trailer hauling cows shut down I-64 in West Huntington.
A rollover crash involving a tractor-trailer hauling cows shut down I-64 in West Huntington.(WSAZ/MacKenzie Watson)

Several cows escaped the trailer and were roaming the interstate before they were caught. Others injured in the crash had to be euthanized.

The tractor-trailer driver escaped serious injury, despite being pinned in the wreckage.

The crash happened around 3 p.m. Thursday.

We continue to have a crew at the scene. Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.

UPDATE 6/24/21 @ 4:28 p.m.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Part of I-64 is shut down due to an accident involving a tractor-trailer.

Cows had escaped the trailer and were roaming the interstate.

It happened around 3 p.m. Thursday.

According to Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader, all of the cows that have gotten out of the truck have been captured. However, some of the cows that were inside of the trailer didn’t make it.

The driver is okay but he is pinned inside the vehicle. No one else was hurt.

Crews say there is diesel all over the road.

Chief Rader says they are trying to reopen one lane both east and west bound within approximately 45 minutes, but that’s a very rough estimate.

Crews expect to be out there for another two to three hours.

There is no word on what caused the accident.

Keep checking the WSAZ App for the latest information.

ORIGINAL STORY 6/24/21 @ 3:08 p.m.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Drivers, take note: cows are along the interstate Thursday afternoon following a crash involving a tractor-trailer in Huntington.

Dispatchers say there are “cows roaming all over the place” near mile-marker 7 on Interstate 64.

The West 17th Street Bridge into Ohio is shut down at this time.

I-64 is closed between the 5th Street exit and the 17th Street West exit.

There is no word on injuries.

Officials are asking drivers to avoid the area. The crash was reported before 3 p.m.

An accident involving cows and a semi was reported on I-64 in Cabell County
An accident involving cows and a semi was reported on I-64 in Cabell County(WSAZ)

WSAZ has a crew at the scene.

Keep checking the WSAZ App for the latest information.

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