Troopers turned cowboys keep cows off I-70

Posted at 9:17 AM, Oct 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-26 11:26:25-04

GEORGETOWN, Colo. -- Several troopers got an unexpected assignment on Wednesday morning as cattle wranglers.

Video shows the troopers following a group of cattle walking the shoreline of Georgetown Lake.

"Troopers are keeping the cows off the highway," explained Colorado State Patrol spokesman Josh Lewis.

The cows escaped when a cattle hauler crashed on Interstate 70, near Georgetown, on Tuesday morning.

Tammy Marasia witnessed the crash.

“Six [cows] came out this way,” she said. “Six came out that way.  They started running down the highway.”

Trooper Nate Reid, of the Colorado State Patrol, told Denver7 that six cattle died on impact and that the rest scattered. Clear Creek County Animal Service and several volunteers rounded up the yearlings that were in the right-of-way, but more than 30 escaped.

The cows were being moved from their summer pasture in Utah to Lamar. The driver was ticketed.


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