[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida- August 10, 2012- 10:45 pm
A 2008 Chrysler Town and Country was traveling westbound on I -10 around the 207 mile marker in the outside lane. A Peterbuilt semi truck was also traveling westbound on I-10 about 2 vehicles behind the Chrysler.
There was a previous crash at this location that was not blocking the lanes. For unkown reasons, Paul Girvin, the driver of the Chrysler automobile applied the brakes, almost coming to a stop. Robert E. Jordan II, the driver of the semi truck saw the other vehicles applying their brakes. He applied the brakes and traveled onto the north shoulder of I-10 to avoid a collision with the other vehicles.
This action caused the front left of the semi to collide with the left front
of the Chrysler. The collision caused the semi trailer to shift and to overturn in the middle of the roadway, blocking both westbound lanes of traffic.
After the semi overturned, 30 of the cattle that were inside of the trailer broke free of the damaged hauler, and began to run across all lanes of I-10. Another 45 cattle remained in the trailer. The westbound lanes of the interstate were shut down for the saftey of the cattle and the motoring public. The eastbound lanes were closed intermittently to allow for the safe round up of some cattle. The crash was to cleared and the cattle rounded up with assistance from LCSO,TPD, Leon County EMS, Leon County Fire rescue, multiple local ranches and the general motoring public.
Tallahassee, Florida- August 10, 2012- 10 pm
FHP reports that all lanes are now open.
Tallahassee, Florida- August 10, 2012- 9:55 pm
FHP reports that westbound lanes are slowly re-opening.
Tallahassee, Florida- August 10, 2012- 8:10 pm
The cows were all Angus Beef cows, and are now being transported to Waukeenah, Florida. No human, or cow deaths have been reported.
FHP has begun re-routing traffic. Drivers are urged to use caution in the area.
Tallahassee, Florida- August 10, 2012- 7:40 pm
The jaws of life were used to get more than 40 cows still trapped inside the cattle trailer when it overturned.
Tallahassee, Florida- August 10, 2012- 6:45 pm
According to the Florida Highway Patrol website, a vehicle crash has occurred along I-10, near mile marker 209. Florida Highway Patrol arrived at the scene at 5:26 pm.
Fire and EMS has also responded.
There is an overturned semi blocking the roadway, and an overturned cattle truck. Authorities are working to manage around 70 cows which were being transported by the cattle truck.
No fatalities have been reported at this time.
Eastbound traffic is moving at about 15 mph and there is no movement on I-10 West. FHP does have plans to begin re-routing traffic. Drivers urged to use caution in area.
Stay with WCTV Eyewitness News for more on the incident.