Cattle killed in rollover south of Carbondale
A small number of cattle were killed and others had to be corralled after a truck hauling them rolled onto its side on Colorado Highway 133 south of Carbondale today, the Colorado State Patrol says.
The accident also closed the roadway for several hours.
The State Patrol said in a news release that Roger A. Rose, 49, of Carbondale was driving south near milepost 60 when his semi truck cattle hauler rolled onto its side as it was going though a curve.
The truck went into the northbound lane and then off the road before colliding with a guardrail and blocking both lanes of traffic when it came to a stop.
The State Patrol said the roof of the trailer opened during the accident, causing cattle to fall out and disperse.
“Although a small number of cattle were killed during the crash, a majority of the loose cattle were not injured and later were rounded up by local ranchers and community members on horseback,” the State Patrol said.
Rose was treated for minor injuries and released on the scene. The highway was closed from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The State Patrol said the accident remains under investigation but driver inexperience and lane violations are suspected. Investigators don’t believe speed or alcohol consumption were involved.