Traffic resumes after cattle trailer overturned on 401
Published Saturday, October 16, 2010 7:10PM EDT
Traffic along the westbound lanes of Highway 401 was flowing against after an overturned transport truck carrying live cattle slowed it to a crawl throughout the day.
OPP Const. Graham Williamson said a transport truck was going westbound on the highway when it rolled over near Keele Street at about 9:15 a.m.
About 80 cows were trapped inside the overturned container through the afternoon as road crews used heavy tow trucks in their attempt to right the vehicle.
Williamson said 47 healthy cows had been removed through a hole in the container and transported to their destination.
They will be inspected when they arrive, he said.
Some of the cows injured in the rollover were euthanized.
The 30-year-old driver was not injured and faces charges stemming from careless driving. Williamson said speed was a factor.
He said the vehicle may have been driving too fast as it merged from collector lanes onto the expressway.
Earlier this month, a tractor-trailer containing about 250 pigs overturned on Hwy. 427. About 80 of the pigs were killed in the accident.
The driver in that case was charged with careless driving.