Crash kills animal that competed at World Dairy Expo

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The excitement of World Dairy Expo was cut short for some attendees after a distracted driver sent a trailer into the ditch on Saturday night, resulting in the death of a prize-winning animal.

Madison, Wis., police cited a 26-year-old woman for inattentive driving. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the woman’s decision to read a text message while driving led her to swerve into the cattle trailer, causing it to crash into a ditch and overturn.

The accident occurred on the Highway 12/18 Beltline in southern Madison, just six miles from the Expo fairgrounds.

Police have reported that the truck, driven by a man from Hastings, Minn., was hauling eight prize-winning cattle valued at $500,000. Seven of the eight animals survived the crash.

Initial reports were that all of the animals in the trailer were Jerseys. But new reports on Facebook indicate the animal that was killed may have been a Red & White heifer.

Click here to read more from the Wisconsin State Journal.

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Rock Hill SC  |  October, 08, 2012 at 11:45 AM

This irresponsible 26 year old driver should be held accountable for the cost of cow, which is priceless to start with! And the cost of the Farmers truck, trailer, & not to mention the vet bills for the other animals who suffered trauma during this wreck. People need to get their priorties in check. Patty

Barron, WI  |  October, 08, 2012 at 12:41 PM

The animal that was killed was a Red & White heifer from Minnesota, the other animals in the trailer were Jersey cows from Wisconsin. Much of the information about the accident has been made public through social media by people who were connected with the animals or expogeoers who stopped to assist at the accident scene. The following is from a comment on Hoard's Facebook wall from Tracy Mitchell Nelson of Wisconsin: "I lead the R&W summer yearling to a 9th place finish in the show. She was owned by the Brown family of Apple Acres from Hastings, MN. The WoodMohr jersey cows that were also on board have cuts & abrasions but none on the udders. They all milked out fine. They were checked by the vet early Sunday morning & Wendy tells me that it is critical to closely monitor them for the next week for any more signs of possible injuries."

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