A loaded cattle trailer traveling from Iowa to a Wisconsin butcher rolled over Tuesday night closing Highway 151.
The crash happened west of Mount Horeb, near County Highway E, when the load shifted causing the semitrailer to rollover, according to a release. Deputies on scene said wind could have been a factor. They also said the double-decker trailer may have been more prone to tipping.
Authorities closed both lanes of Highway 151 for several hours. Traffic was diverted at Highway 78 just outside of Mount Horeb.
Officials said the driver of the semitrailer is injured but the extent of the injuries is unknown. Authorities believed the driver would be okay.
The double-decker cattle trailer was transporting around 32 head, and the two levels made it more difficult to unload. With the top level sitting on its side, some cattle appeared stuck in the trailer. Area farmers continued to pitch in throughout the night to help haul the cattle off the road.
Authorities also say some cattle may have escaped when it first happened, though, so far there have been no reports of seeing any missing livestock.
According to the release, several of the cattle died at the scene. At least a couple had to be shot at the scene. A company from Marshall was called to take the carcasses away for rendering, which will then be used for products like pet food.
Local farmers assisted at the scene.
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