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Cowboys help lasso cattle after tractor trailer overturned; I-70 open again

  • Published Friday, August 9, 2013, at 7:02 a.m.
  • Updated Friday, August 9, 2013, at 1:22 p.m.

Kansas City police have reopened the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 after a tractor trailer hauling a load of cattle overturned on the Benton Curve.

The truck was carrying 72 cattle, six of which died in the 4 a.m. crash.

Police shut down the westbound lanes for six hours to corral the loose cattle, remove the dead and clean the road.

One of the animals gave police the bum steer and ran away, but officers corralled him with crime-scene tape.

"He was really moooving," joked Police Sgt. Bill Mahoney.

Cowboys on horseback were called in to help to lasso some of the more rambunctious cattle.

The driver told police his load shifted on the Benton Curve. He also told police the trailer was "fairly new" and he was unfamiliar with it. Police cited the 41-year-old driver from Kentucky with careless driving.

His wife, who was riding with him, suffered minor injuries and was being treated at a hospital. Police said they were headed to Colorado with the cattle.

After the lanes reopened, police said they were glad to have the cowtastrophe behind them.

| Christine Vendel, cvendel@kcstar.com

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