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Tractor-trailer crashes on I-5 near Wilsonville, cows roam roadway

A crash caused I-5 to close in both directions for a few hours.

WILSONVILLE, Ore. — A crash on I-5 one mile south of Wilsonville shut down the highway in both directions at around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. The road reopened in both directions around 6:30 p.m. after officials had cleaned up the scene, which included herding roughly two dozen cattle into a new trailer.

Witnesses at the scene sent KGW videos of cows on the roadway and later Oregon State Police (OSP) reported that roughly 25 cows were loose from the tractor-trailer. OSP said Nearly half of them will be corralled into a new trailer, the other half will, unfortunately, have to be put down due to injury.

Officials reported that the driver did not need medical transport following the crash.

Credit: Dave Tragethon

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVFR) said just before 4 p.m. that crews will continue to herd cattle toward the I-5 exit 283 ramp where they will be loaded onto another trailer to get traffic moving again. Then, around 6:30 p.m., TVFR said that all the roaming cows had been loaded into a livestock trailer and removed from the area, allowing lanes on both the northbound and southbound sides to reopen.

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