Rock Rapids, Iowa — A truck hit a herd of cattle near Rock Rapids early Friday, and authorities are advising motorists to be careful in that area as several of them were still on the loose at last report.
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3:15 AM, their Deputies were called to the 1700 block of U.S. Highway 75 for an accident involving a semi tractor trailer and some loose cattle. When deputies arrived on scene there were thirteen dead cattle on the roadway and a semi with minor front end damage on the west shoulder of the highway.
The semi, which was driven by 57-year-old David Leo McCombs of Polk City, Iowa, is owned by Casey’s Services Company of Ankeny, Iowa. The sheriff’s report says McCombs was southbound on Highway 75 when he crested a hill and saw 20 to 30 cattle on the roadway. McCombs struck the cattle, killing 13 of them. The cattle are owned by Russ Pedersen of Rock Rapids. Damage to the semi is estimated at $1500.
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Rock Rapids Fire Department and the Iowa DOT roads crew.
At last report, an undetermined number of cattle were running loose in the area. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department is also asking motorists to slow down and keep an eye out for cattle in the area.