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Cattle truck overturns, closes I-64

CORYDON, Ind. (WISH) – Cattle roamed a major interstate near Corydon, causing Indiana State Police to close down 13 miles of roadway.

According to Indiana State Police, John Forester, 36, of Jonesboro, Tennessee, was travelling west on I-64 and allegedly fell asleep driving into the median at the 101-mile marker.  His 2009 Peterbuilt semi tractor pulling a loaded trailer overturned in the 5 a.m. accident, and 88 head of cattle were released to roam the interstate.

Shortly after the accident, another westbound semi hit one of the freed cows.

Indiana State Police shut down the interstate between 92-mile marker and 105-mile marker to round up the cattle. As of 10:30 a.m., I-64 was still closed.

Forester, along with his co-driver, Dusty Arnold, 36, of Kingsport, Tennessee, were taken to University of Louisville Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Farmers from the surrounding area are helping with the cleanup effort by transferring cattle to a separate location where they will be reloaded and sent to their final destination.

The condition of cattle ranged from non-injured, to injured to deceased.

Police are routing I-64 west bound traffic at the Corydon Exit #105, and I-64 east bound traffic at Marengo/Leavenworth Exit #92.

Police are still investigating the crash.