A semitrailer loaded with cattle crashed on I-90 near Beaver Creek in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Feb. 27.
The semi rolled over into the south ditch of the eastbound lane a few miles east of Beaver Creek.
The driver, Zachary Rozeboom, 23, Hudson, S.D., who wasn’t injured, told authorities he was forced off the road by a car. His passenger, also uninjured, was Guthrie Claus, Inwood, Iowa.
Some of the cattle were killed — at least one vehicle struck three on the highway — and others were found wandering in the ditch and nearby fields.
Local law enforcement and Department of Transportation officials were called to help herd cattle and pick up dead ones.
An interesting side note is that the driver of Ace Towing, Sioux Falls, knows some ranchers who live west of Sioux Falls.
These ranchers, who are reportedly professional ropers, came to the accident scene near Beaver Creek with their horses to help round up the cattle.
The truck was hauling roughly 90 animals — 500- to 600-pound calves. Of these, 14 died and one was still at large as of this posting.
The wrecked trailer is owned by Van Beek Brothers Trucking Inc., Inwood, Iowa. The cattle were being hauled from Devils Lake, N.D., to Boyden, Iowa.