Roadways reopen after cows got loose on John Deere Road from semi overturn

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Cow spotted Friday afternoon, April 3, 2015. Photo shared by Chris Smith

Cow spotted Friday afternoon, April 3, 2015. Photo shared by Chris Smith

Moline Police became cattlemen in the overnight hours as a semi-trailer truck overturned and cows got loose on busy John Deere Road.

The truck overturned before 2 a.m. Friday, April 3 at the westbound on-ramp to Interstate 74.  That on ramp stayed closed through the morning commute and reopened just after 11 a.m.

The driver was not injured.  It's still not clear what caused the accident.

Hours later, crews were still at the scene trying to extract more cattle from the semi.  Firefighters say there at least a dozen cattle died inside the semi.

Cow on the loose spotted around 3 p.m. 4-3-15. Photo shared by Brittney Winters

Cow on the loose spotted around 3 p.m. 4-3-15. Photo shared by Brittney Winters

Police say a car and a semi truck hit one of the stray cows killing it.

At least one other cow was seen roaming on John Deere Road. It appears one stray member of the herd may have wandered as far as the Interstate 280 exit.

Of the 80 cattle that were being hauled by the semi, a total of 22 died. 58 were saved. Crews rounded up eight cows one mile south of the scene. Some were in the parking lot of the Quad City International Airport.

Friday afternoon, Quad Citians were still sharing photos of a cow they spotted on the loose.

 

1 Comment

  • Emily

    Yeah, but maybe let people know there are still cows loose on I74. We just had to stop for one past the John Deere exit on the way to Davenport at 4:40

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