Cobb County, GA (CBS46)

An overturned tractor trailer hauling cattle has overturned, forcing the closure of the eastbound ramp from I-285 onto NB I-75 in Cobb County.

The crash happened around 3:30 a.m.

At the time of the crash, the surviving cows began to roam onto the interstate. Unfortunately, the first drivers to encounter them had no warning. The driver slammed into a cow at full speed and was transported to an area hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Two-and-a-half miles from the accident scene, Sandy Springs officers surrounded a couple of escaped cows. But it was clear officers needed help rounding up the rest.

Cobb County Animal Control joined the search. They tracked down a bull and almost had him cornered. They lassoed the bull but he was having none of it.

Eventually, the teamwork paid off. They wrestled the agitated bull to the ground just as some cowboys on horseback showed up to help. Interstate cowboys.

As for the officer knocked off his feet? He walked away with some scratches and maybe a bruised ego.

The closure caused HUGE backups in the area.

Police say all of the 89 cows being carried by the tractor trailer are accounted for and 10 are deceased.

Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, released the following statement:

"We are saddened to hear about the cows who were injured and killed in the tractor-trailer crash on I-285 in Atlanta early Monday morning. We hope that the owner of the cattle and local authorities will allow any cattle still on the loose to live out the rest of their days at a sanctuary. 

Cattle and other farm animals endure intolerable cruelty every day in factory farms, slaughterhouses and in transit, and their abuse is largely hidden from public view. Science shows that these animals -- just like us, and just like they companion animals we love and protect -- feel fear and pain.

According to USDA, more than 32 million cattle are slaughtered for beef in the United States every year. If you'd like to help reduce accidents like these and prevent animal cruelty, please consider joining the approximately 30 million Americans who are decreasing or eliminating their consumption of meat and other animal products."

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