Driver taken to hospital, 15 cattle killed, after truck overturns

It was a bumpy ride for 50 head of cattle as their driver attempted toturn on to the on-ramp of the Trans Canada Highway Sunday night.

 

It was a bumpy ride for 50 head of cattle as their driver attempted to turn on to the on-ramp of the Trans Canada Highway Sunday night.

 

At around 6 p.m., the driver attempted to turn from Highway 6 in West Amherst on to the ramp near the Wandlyn Inn when the vehicle overturned.

 

The driver was extricated by members of the Amherst Fire Department and transported to the local hospital with undetermined injuries. About 15 cattle were killed, with RCMP saying 10 died in the accident and another five were euthanized.

 

Sources on-site said the cattle had been picked up in Truro and were headed to their owner in Prince Edward Island.

Other members of the farming community were just about to leave the restaurant across from the ramp when the truck overturned. Luckily, Wallace McNutt from Truro Heights had fencing that was quickly erected to enclose the cattle once extricated.

With one firefighter using a saw and another watching through the end of the trailer, firefighters cut through the top of the trailer to help free the animals.

As the cattle made their way into the fenced in area, injuries were visible with a number of cattle having broken legs. Others had gashes in their heads. Another a bloody nose.

 
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