Big Rig Full of Cows Flips on I-80

Sunday, May 22, 2011  |  Updated 5:52 PM CDT
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A ramp between I-80 and 290 was shut down Sunday after a big rig full of cattle turned over, killing some of the animals.

A ramp between I-80 and 290 was shut down Sunday after a big rig full of cattle turned over, killing some of the animals.

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A south suburban interstate ramp remained closed Sunday afternoon, more than five hours after a big rig hauling cattle overturned -- killing some of the livestock and leaving others to roam the road.

The semi, loaded down with cattle, crashed and flipped around11:15 a.m. on an eastbound ramp from Interstate 80 to northbound Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Illinois State Police District Chicago Trooper Richardo Sandoval said.

"We do have some livestock that perished, and some are still alive in the trailer," Sandoval said. Other cows are on the roadway and troopers had to scrambling to control them.

"They’re trying to round up the livestock," Sandoval said.

The ramp was shut down as of 12:15 p.m. and troopers from Tollway District are also assisting, Sandoval said.

There was no indication the trucker was injured and it was not known immediately why the crash occurred.

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