SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Some of the 79 cattle inside a tractor trailer that overturned in south Shreveport late Tuesday morning have died.
A section of Mansfield Rd. was blocked for several hours between Jewella Avenue and Southside Drive as the rest of the cattle were transferred from the toppled double-deck trailer to back-up trailers that were brought in to remove them from the scene.
The driver of the big rig had reportedly missed his exit and had headed down Mansfield in search of a place to turn around when it happened just after 11:30 a.m.
He was pulling out of the parking lot of a discount materials store and failed to negotiate the turn, catching the trailer in the ditch and causing it to roll on its side.
The cab remained upright and the driver of the truck was not injured.
Fire crews sprayed water over the animals to keep them cool while waiting for help to arrive and cut a hole in the toppled cattle trailer.
"We're doing it the best we can in the most humane way we can," said Chuck Garrett with Red River Livestock of Coushatta, where the cattle were sold Tuesday morning to Superior Livestock, an auction house in Brush, Colorado. That's where the cattle hauler was headed.
It's not known yet exactly how many of the animals perished and how many were injured.
Mansfield Rd. was blocked while tow trucks assisted in keeping the trailer steady during the transfer, as the rear gate of the trailer landed over the ditch.
The cattle hauler was reportedly heading to Colorado from Red River Livestock in Coushatta after they were sold Tuesday morning to Superior Livestock.
Garrett says they will be returned to Coushatta for evaluation, care and recovery.