The Custer County Sheriff’s Office investigated a semi rollover accident early Thursday morning that resulted in the loss of most of the cattle it was hauling. Deputy Phelps Brown says it occurred around 4:25am, as a MRK, inc truck from Lexingon was hauling cattle southbound on Highway 21. Dep. Brown says the truck went off the road on the right side, overcorrected, and laid it on it’s side. The driver was not injured but, several cattle had to be euthanized. There were 13 head they were able to save out of the load of 38.
Brown says there was a lot of help from fire departments in Oconto, Callaway and Broken Bow responded to the scene along with area farmers with portable corrals and a skid steer. Something he says is typical of Nebraska, “when something happens we all congregate to help out.” One lane of traffic on the isolated highway was open for much of the clean-up, except for about 30 minutes during the recovery of the truck. The cattle originated from Adams Land and Cattle and was destined for Tyson, inc in Lexington.