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Cattle chaos: Bovines break free, cause traffic backups after trailer crash on Loop 101

The roadway near Westgate had an unusual traffic situation after a trailer hauling cattle crashed nearby and they got loose.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodging cattle isn't usually on to-do lists for drivers in the Valley, but that's exactly what some had to do early Friday morning.

Numerous calves were running loose on Loop 101 near Westgate after a livestock trailer hit the median barrier, Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers said. The trailer's gate was opening in the crash, and the cattle took the opportunity to roam free.

Troopers corralled the animals off the right shoulder of the roadway and are trying to make arrangements for their safe travel, the department said.

Officials said the driver of the trailer was not injured. A cow was dead on scene and two others had to be euthanized. 

Authorities said ADOT and DPS troopers were able to round up the rest of the loose cattle from the freeway.

No one was harmed in the crash and the cattle have not caused any collisions in the area.


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ADOT offers driving tips on its website to help keep people safe on the road.

"There’s always room for improvement when it comes to road safety," the department said on its website.

ADOT's suggestions include:

  • Don’t speed or drive aggressively
  • Never drive while under the influence of substances
  • Avoid distractions while driving
  • Wear your seatbelt and make sure all passengers are doing the same
  • When an emergency vehicle is on the side of the road, move over
  • Stay extra aware in work zones
  • Be prepared for weather conditions that make driving dangerous

Find more tips on the department's Driving Safety Homepage on ADOT's website here.

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