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· Semi full of cows nearly slides into river
· Truckload of cattle nearly plunges into Snake River during Tri-Cities snowstorm
Semi full of cows nearly slides into river
by Janine Loutzenhiser, KCBY (Oregon)
Feb 5, 2019
PASCO, Wash. - Pasco police say a semi-trailer full of cows nearly slid into the Snake River Monday afternoon.
According to a post on the Pasco Police Facebook a semi was carrying a trailer full of cows from Canada, headed to the Tyson Foods plant at Wallula.
As the semi approached its last intersection, Sacajewea Park Road, a white Chevy Cruze was coming the other way, attempting a left turn across the median to go south on Sacajewea Park Road.
"Under the slick conditions, the driver found himself crawling out of the median area and into the path of the semi," police said.
Police say the semi had no way of stopping, so the driver tried to move out of the way and went down a steep embankment, bouncing hard over the railway at the bottom...
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Truckload of cattle nearly plunges into Snake River during Tri-Cities snowstorm
By Cameron Probert, The News Tribune (Washington)
February 05, 2019
A truckload of cattle nearly crashed into the Snake River near Pasco during Monday’s snowstorm when a trucker tried to avoid hitting a car that turned in front of him.
The semi driver was hauling the cattle from Canada to the Tyson meat packing plant in Wallula.
As he neared the Highway 12 twin bridges about 4:45 p.m., a white Chevy Cruze heading the opposite direction tried to turn left in front of him toward Sacajawea Park Road, said Pasco police on their Facebook page.
If the road had been clear, police said the car would have had plenty of time to make the turn, but the snowy road put the car into the semi’s path.
The truck’s driver reacted by pulling into the median, sending his truck on a course toward the river near Burbank.
The truck headed down the steep embankment and bumped hard on the railroad tracks and stopped with his bumper hanging over the river bank.
Pasco police investigated since Washington State Patrol troopers were over their head handling highway collisions.
The cows ended up spending the night in the trailer before they could be corralled into another truck because a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector had to be present before the trailer could be opened.
“Since they were from Canada and had been inspected at the border, the trailer had been sealed by the USDA,” Pasco police explained. “After that, the cows were sort-of herded up the embankment to another truck to finish their journey to Tyson Foods.”
The driver of the Cruze may be ticketed, said the Pasco post...
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