COLORADO SPRINGS — A semi hauling cattle crashed Tuesday evening in Colorado Springs on Highway 24, east of I-25.
The accident happened some time after 6 p.m. and caused the closure of the westbound lanes of the highway between I-25 and CO 29.
Colorado Springs Fire said the two people in the truck suffered minor injuries. The truck tipped over and was hauling 91 cattle. The condition of the cattle is unknown at this time.
Just after 9 p.m., crews had constructed a makeshift pen on the roadway and were preparing to transfer the cattle to another vehicle.
Crews are getting close to transferring cattle to another truck. pic.twitter.com/I6fxWtR973— CSFD PIO (@CSFDPIO) May 26, 2021
Colorado Springs Fire told News 5 they were able to free 69 of the cattle that were onboard onto another semi-truck. Colorado Springs Police said 19 cattle died in the crash, and 3 cattle were left with grave enough injuries that CSPD had to humanely dispatch them on scene.
The last crew leader from the Colorado Springs Fire Department left the scene just after midnight.
The highway fully reopened at around 6 a.m. Wednesday morning according to the Colorado Springs Police Department.