The Cresco Fire Department say the accident happened around 1:00am.
The driver was headed south on Highway 139 when he lost control and ended up in the ditch.
Because of the nature of the incident and the need for emergency vehicles to get the truck back on the road, authorities closed down a section of the highway.
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“I heard on the radio there as a truck in the ditch.”
Brian Peter saw the aftermath of this cattle truck accident near where he lives.
“I just came to town saw some lights over the hill here I just live a few miles east of here,” he says.
This morning emergency crews worked to re-set the livestock truck.
it flipped on its side when the driver went into the ditch, authorities say because of when the incident happened, weather was not necessarily a factor.
“It did go in the ditch loaded with cattle and has been overturned since that time,” says Fire Chief Neal Stapelkamp.
The driver of the vehicle suffered minor injuries, but that’s not the same story for the cattle he was transporting.
According to the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office, the trailer was fully loaded with 31 head of finished steers (1300-1500 pounds).
Several of the animals were killed or severely injured as a result of the crash.
It took several hours to get the vehicle upright.
“Large load that was there and the snowy conditions just a lot of mass to try to operate,” adds the Chief.
Peter was even on standby to assist crews with the tipped trailer.
“They figured the truck wasn’t going to be able to run on it’s own so they wanted me to pull the trailer into town,” he added.
But the truck was able to operate and as it drove off the scene, the gruesome result of the crash was evident.
The name of the driver has not been released.
The road was closed until about 11:00 Thursday morning and reopened after they got everything cleaned up.
We’re also not sure how many cattle were killed in the crash, we’re told though that a few did survive.
The accident is still under investigation.