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Another tractor-trailer hauling cattle overturns, this time in DeKalb County

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Another tractor-trailer hauling cattle overturned on a metro Atlanta highway, this time in DeKalb County, and three cows died as a result of the crash.

The tractor-trailer was hauling 36 cows to Augusta around 5:30 a.m. Friday morning when it overturned on the ramp from southbound I-285 onto eastbound I-20 in DeKalb County.

No word on what caused the crash. The driver of the truck was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, said Capt. Dion Bentley of DeKalb County Fire & Rescue.

All lanes of the roadway were blocked for 5 1/2 hours as crews figured out how to get the surviving cows out of the mangled, overturned trailer. Once they finally did, a wrecker service flipped the cattle hauler upright and towed it away.

This comes just weeks after another tractor-trailer hauling cattle overturned on the southbound lanes on I-75 in Cobb County. In that crash, 19 cows were being transported from Tennessee to Greensboro when the tractor-trailer they were traveling in flipped. Ten cows were killed on impact, while nine others had to be corralled by police.

A few of the remaining cows in the May 17 crash had to be put down because of their severe injuries but the others were transported to a stockyard in Calhoun where they were  held for their owner. 

Gene Baur, President and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, sent the following statement to CBS46:

We were saddened to hear about the 3 cows who were killed in Friday morning's  tractor-trailer accident in Atlanta. This is the second crash involving cattle in the Atlanta metro area in less than a month. Clearly, more needs to be done to protect these innocent animals, who should be grazing happily in pastures, not lying wounded and afraid on the highway.

We urge authorities and others involved to allow the injured cattle and all of the survivors the opportunity  to recover from this traumatic ordeal at a sanctuary. According to the USDA, more than 32 million cattle are slaughtered for beef in the U.S. each year. The suffering of these animals is largely hidden in factory farms and slaughterhouses, and all too frequent and deadly transport accidents are just another component of a broken food system. If you'd like to help prevent this kind of animal cruelty, please consider decreasing your consumption of meat, dairy, and other animal products.

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