By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: California Highway Patrol (Information):
Needles, California: A semi truck with cattle inside livestock trailer overturned along eastbound Interstate 40 just west of River Road Cutoff on Thursday, September 30th, 2021.
The initial overturned crash was reported at 5:35 a.m. PT with emergency personnel calling for a hazardous materials response at around 6:46 a.m. PT.
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary Lopez rushed to the incident and was on scene throughout the day reporting live on the overturned crash.
On arrival, the cab of the semi truck was partly on the side well the livestock trailer was fully on the side near a hillside in a ditch off the right side along eastbound Interstate 40.
California Highway Patrol telling ZachNews that there are 29 cattle inside the overturned livestock trailer, and efforts are underway to help get the live cattle out of the overturned livestock trailer.
Initial reports from the San Bernardino County Fire Department stated that 7 cattle were “D.O.A.” dead on arrival.
People who own the cattle, tow crews, Caltrans workers, officers from the California Highway Patrol and firefighters from the San Bernardino County Fire Department from Station 32 and Station 18 were seen all working together to rescue the livestock, give them water and help them get put onto another livestock trailer.
California Highway Patrol tells ZachNews that the driver refused treatment but then later transported himself to the hospital for pains feelings.
Work continued Thursday afternoon, with construction crews along with Caltrans helped carb a dirt path for several livestock trailers to drive in and remove the live cattle.
Most of the cattle were shaken up and upset at what happened but many of the people there to help work to calm down the cattle as they get into other livestock trailers.
ZachNews has learned that the cattle will be getting checked up an animal doctor at the fairgrounds in Kingman Arizona.
As for the hazardous material situation that initially was reported, the California Highway Patrol tells ZachNews that this was the diesel spill that spilled following the overturned crash.
Hazmat crews brought in construction equipment and dump trucks to the scene to remove the soil that diesel spilled.
The right lane along eastbound Interstate 40 was closed throughout the day due to the overturned crash, and traffic is backed up to the railroad overpass to the west of the incident.
As of the last update from the California Highway Patrol at 5:21 p.m. PT Thursday, the area has been declared safe in regards to the removal of the diesel spilled, recovery work was still going on off the interstate, and that the #2 lane was closed.
The cause of the overturned crash has not been released yet, but ZachNews has asked for updates in regards to the cause as well as any other updates information.
Great work to everybody who responded to this incident, working together to help get the cattle out and cleaning up the aftermath of the overturned crash.
Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates regarding this breaking news story.