Cattle hauler crash on Hwy 2 kills 15 animals

A cattle transport liner overturned beside Hwy 2, narrowing southbound traffic to one lane for five hours Monday evening.

A cattle transport liner overturned beside Hwy 2, narrowing southbound traffic to one lane for five hours Monday evening.

Innisfail RCMP Traffic Services were sent to a single vehicle accident about 6 p.m., five km north of the intersection of Hwy 2 and Hwy 54 A southbound truck transporting 50 head of cattle had lost control on Hwy 2, drifted onto the shoulder then entered the west ditch, flipping onto its side.

The driver of the truck was taken to Innisfail hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

While 35 head of cattle survived the accident, 10 cows were dead and five more had to be euthanized.

Hwy 2 southbound was reduced to one lane of traffic until about 11 p.m.

The accident also involved assistance from the Town of Innisfail’s emergency services, City of Red Deer RCMP, Alberta Sheriff Traffic Services, Innisfail Auction Mart, Innisfail Auto Rescue, and a couple of livestock identification services.

The collision is still under investigation. Alcohol was not a factor, but road conditions were poor with snow-covered and icy sections.

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