A semi-trailer truck hauling 28 head of cattle crashed Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 84 in northeast Oregon, killing the driver and shutting down the highway for several hours while authorities rounded up loose animals.
The wreck happened on Oct. 16 in the afternoon when according to Oregon State Police, a 2012 Peterbilt semi-truck heading westbound on the highway left the road for unknown reasons and struck a guardrail before overturning.
The driver, identified as Shannon Dwinell, 46, of Great Bend, Kan., was pronounced dead at the scene. Five cows were also killed in the rollover — three died instantly and two more were pronounced dead at the scene. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
According to Oregon State Police, Dwinell was driving westbound on I-84 in Union County when for unknown reasons the truck hit a guardrail and flipped about two miles west of North Powder. No other vehicles were involved in the wreck. The cause of the crash was not immediately known.
A cause for the crash has not been made available by authorities. The Oregon Department of Transportation temporarily shut down the highway eastbound between Pendleton and Baker City, and westbound from Baker City to La Grande. All lanes were reopened later Tuesday evening.