Several cattle killed after truck rolls over


Bilal Suleiman, Bismarck Tribune (ND)

Oct 31, 2019


A truck pulling a cattle trailer rolled over in Hazelton Wednesday afternoon, killing several head of cattle and fatally wounding several more.


The driver, Trajan Jangula, 20, of Bismarck, was attempting to turn left from U.S. Highway 83 into a Cenex gas station in Hazelton when the weight of the cattle shifted, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. The vehicle overturned onto its right side, coming to rest on the approach and partially in the ditch.


Jangula was not hurt, the patrol said.


The trailer was carrying approximately 72 head of cattle. A total of 13 cattle died, including some killed in the crash and others that were later euthanized due to their injuries, the Highway Patrol said.


Itís hard to estimate how much of a financial loss was incurred without knowing the age, gender, weight and breed of the animals, but ďany loss is a substantial one,Ē said Julie Ellingson, executive director of the North Dakota Stockmenís Association.


The Stockmenís Association, which responded to the rollover, is often called to assist with such incidents due to the groupís expertise with handling livestock. The association manages the stateís brand inspection program, which includes four law enforcement officials who are trained inspectors.


Cattle truck rollovers happen ďperiodically,Ē Ellingson said, but the excessive rain and snow this fall softened the ground, making rollovers more of a risk this season...