Police in Madison, Wisconsin cited a 26-year-old woman for inattentive driving Saturday night after she allegedly caused a crash that resulted in the death of a prize-winning cow returning from the World Dairy Expo.
Sgt. Paul Jacobsen laid the blame for the crash on the woman’s decision to read a text message while driving. Her attention became diverted, causing the driver to allegedly swerve into a cattle trailer in the next lane. The erratic driving forced the trailer to crash and overturn into a ditch.
The crash happened near Beltline near exit 267B at around 9:45 p.m., according to police. Inside the trailer were eight prize-winning Jersey cows from the Dairy Expo valued at around $500,000.
One cow died in the crash. The other cows were led safely from the overturned trailer by some passerby, many also from the Dairy Expo, who saw the crash and stopped to help.
The condition of the other cows have not reported, but according to sources two cows may have been pregnant and were rushed to an emergency veterinary clinic, police say. The other surviving cows were taken away in other trailers called in to help.
Neither driver was injured. The names of the drivers were not made available.
Mark Clarke, general manager of the World Dairy Expo, said the owner of the cow is from a state outside of Wisconsin. He said the owner and the organizers of the Expo were glad that none of the people involved in the crash were hurt.
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