The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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October 9, 2013

19 cattle struck, killed by tractor-trailers on I-64 near Alta

Animals had slipped away from farm through broken fence

GREENBRIER COUNTY — Emergency officials in Greenbrier County say 19 cattle that apparently slipped away from an Alta farm through a broken fence died after being struck by tractor-trailers on Interstate 64 early Wednesday morning.

The incident at mile-marker 159 was reported to the 911 Center just before 2 a.m., according to Sheriff Jan Cahill.

Sheriff’s deputies and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene, where they discovered that the two tractor-trailers that struck the animals had been traveling in opposite directions, one eastbound and one westbound.

Cahill said both of the 18-wheelers were totaled, and one of the drivers sustained relatively minor injuries in the collision. The names of the drivers were not available.

One of the trucks was hauling pork products, according to the sheriff.

Traffic was shut down in both directions on I-64 until 5 a.m.

The cattle belonged to High Hill Farm, owned by Gary Tuckwiller, Cahill said.

The Register-Herald’s attempts to reach Tuckwiller by telephone Wednesday were unsuccessful.

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