Boyden, Iowa — We live in northwest Iowa. Crashes involving animals are common. People often hit cattle. But in this crash, no fewer than twenty head of cattle were struck.
According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, shortly before 5:15 a.m. on Monday (November 5th), 33-year-old Carleton Monroe of Sheldon was driving a 2009 Peterbilt semi‐tractor pulling a grain trailer eastbound on Highway 18 in Boyden, when he struck approximately 20 head of cattle on the roadway. After striking the cattle, Monroe lost control of the semi, and it entered the south ditch.
No injuries were reported, except to the cattle.
The Peterbilt and trailer sustained about $75,000 in damage. The Sheriff’s Office says the Boyden Fire Department and Boyden Ambulance Squad assisted on the scene.
Sheriff’s officials tell us that the cattle had escaped from a farm. Just to put it into perspective, many cattle are worth over $1000 a head.