Person injured, 10 cows dead in Ore. semi crash

Person injured, 10 cows dead in Ore. semi crash

Person injured, 10 cows dead in Ore. semi crash

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by Evan Sernoffsky, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on January 16, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 16 at 5:36 PM

WAGONTIRE, Ore. – One person was injured and 10 cows were killed when a semitruck loaded with cattle rolled over on Highway 395 in Harney County Wednesday.

Around 12:30 p.m., the load shifted inside the truck while it was rounding a curve, causing the truck to tip, slide off the road and land in a ditch on the west side of the highway, said Lt. Gregg Hastings with Oregon State Police.

Area ranchers helped firefighters cut openings in the trailer to get the cows out, and cowboys on horseback helped round up the loose cows. Southbound lanes were closed for 6 hours.

Around 10 cows were killed or had to be euthanized at the scene because of injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver, 63-year-old James Eynetich from Ione, was not injured. His passenger, 63-year-old Gayle Eynetch, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

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