A collision with a cow in the road in east Texas caused a deadly accident involving three semi-trailers and one car. One driver was killed and three others were left injured.
The Deadly Multi-Vehicle Accident
Bowie County authorities have reported that an accident occurred on Interstate-30 west of Spur 74 near Hooks when a semi-driver attempted to avoid a cow in the road on Tuesday, June 8th. The accident involved a 2011 Freightliner towing a trailer, a 2021 Chevy Malibu, a 2005 Freightliner towing a trailer, and a 2020 Volvo and trailer.
The 2011 Freightliner was heading west on I-30 at around 2:30 a.m. when it struck a cow, sending it into the eastbound lanes. There, the semi was hit by the eastbound Malibu. The trailer rolled and toppled over at which point it was plowed through by the 2005 Freightliner. The 2005 truck also rolled over and caught fire.
Finally, the Volvo attempted to swerve around the wreck but instead collided with a detached rear axle from one of the rolled-over trailers.
According to the sheriff’s office, the driver of the 2005 Freightliner died in the crash, while three others suffered non-threatening injuries. The driver of the 2011 Freightliner was reportedly uninjured.
Emergency crews responded to the deadly accident which led to traffic backups on I-30 reaching from Leary Road to Main Street.
What To Do If You Spot Livestock on the Road
If you’ve never been involved in a car accident involving a cow or other large livestock, you might think it would be similar to hitting a deer. While deer can certainly cause extensive damage, they’re a fraction of the size of most cows.
At the heaviest, deer can reach up to 400 pounds. In comparison, an average cow can weigh 1,600 pounds, and the average bull can weigh 2,400 pounds. For reference, the average car weighs just over 2,800 pounds.
With that being said, it should be clear that livestock car accidents are no laughing matter. These massive animals present serious obstacles and the relative rarity of hitting one can make these incidents especially confusing for drivers.
While hitting a cow or other large livestock on the road isn’t always avoidable, there are steps you can take to help reduce the likelihood of these accidents when you do spot cows on the road.
The following tips can help if you ever spot cows loose on or near the road to help prevent a potentially deadly collision. You can download our guide to share with other drivers to help them stay safe, too.
If you’ve been involved in a Texas livestock-car accident, you may be owed compensation for your injuries. Contact Lapeze & Johns for help today.