Cattle truck overturns in Sedgwick County

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Authorities say a tractor-trailer hauling 92 head of cattle overturned in northern Sedgwick County early Tuesday morning. 

The clean-up process kept one northbound lane of I-135 closed in the area for the rest of the day.  In the resulting back-up, a four vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon sent one person to the hospital in critical condition.

The first accident happened before dawn on I-135 near 125th Street, which is near the Harvey County line. The first calls for help came around 6 a.m.  The Kansas Highway Patrol believes the driver had fallen asleep.

There were 92 calves in the truck.  About a third of them died as a result of the crash.  State Troopers called in members of the Sedgwick County Animal Control unit to help get the surviving calves out of the trailer.  Even members of Arrow Towing jumped in to help pull some of the reluctant calves out. 

At one point they had to saw a hole in the roof to reach some of the calves on the upper level of the trailer.  The calves were headed to Nebraska.  A dog food maker is buying the calves killed in the accident.  The survivors will go to a holding facility until the insurance company decides what to do with them.

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