At least four cows that were being transported from Vernon to Pennsylvania are dead following a crash on I-81 in the town of Chenango, according to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies say around 5:40 a.m. Tuesday, 38-year-old Nathan Reiss of Quakertown, Pennsylvania was driving a 1997 Freightliner tractor towing a trailing with 33 heads of cattle southbound on I-81 in Chenango.
Reiss was allegedly driving too fast and failed to negotiate a curve on the ramp, then lost control of the vehicle when the weight of the cattle shifted. The tractor trailer then overturned and slid off the road, then struck a pole and went down into an embankment where it came to a rest on its side.
Deputies said that at the time of the news release, four of the 33 cows were dead. It’s unknown at this time if that number has changed, but deputies say all efforts are being taken to ensure their health and safety. The cows were in transit from the Vernon area to Pennsylvania.
Reiss was issued a traffic ticket for operating at a speed that was not reasonable and prudent for the conditions.
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