Cowboys and firefighters respond to cattle truck crash
WAGONTIRE, Ore. - Cowboys and firefighters worked together in the aftermath of a cattle truck crash Wednesday.
Ten cows died and a person was injured when the truck hauling a trailer loaded with cattle overturned on Highway 395 north of Wagontire on Wednesday afternoon.
State police said the load in the trailer shifted as the truck rounded a right curve, causing the truck and trailer to tip to the left, slide off the highway and come to rest in a ditch.
The driver - 63-year-old James Eynetich of Ione - was not injured. HIs passenger, 63-year-old Gayle Eynetich, was taken by ambulacne to Harney District Hospital in Burns with non-life threatening injuries.
State police said cowboys from nearby ranches volunteered to help round up the cows that survived the crash as firefighters cut openings in the overturned trailer.
The cleanup closed the southbound lane of the highway for 6 hours.
Ten cows either died or had to be euthanized as a result of the crash.