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Truck hauling cattle crashes in Central Oregon

Cattle truck crash on Highway 26 - Photo from Jefferson County Fire District

BEND, Ore. (AP) — At least 14 animals died when a truck hauling 84 head of cattle crashed on U.S. Highway 26 east of Madras, Oregon.

The Bulletin reports the single-vehicle accident happened Monday afternoon, and the driver of the Washington-licensed truck escaped injury.

Capt. Kasey Skaar of Jefferson County Fire District No. 1 says 14 animals were killed in the crash and it's unknown how many others died from their injuries.

With the trailer resting on its side, rescuers reached the surviving cattle by cutting holes on the side of the truck.

The nearby Central Oregon Livestock Auction holds its weekly cattle auction on Mondays.

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Information from: The Bulletin

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