UPDATED Sunday, October 7, 2012 --- 5:53 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Madison police have cited a 26-year-old woman for inattentive driving in a crash that killed a prize-winning cow returning from the World Dairy Expo.
Police say the woman was reading a text message while driving Saturday night. She allegedly swerved into a cattle trailer in the next lane, causing the trailer to crash into a ditch and overturn.
Inside the trailer were eight prize-winning Jersey cows from the Dairy Expo valued at around $500,000.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports one cow died in the crash. The others were led safely from the overturned trailer by other Expo-goers who saw the crash and stopped to help.
Neither driver was hurt.
World Dairy Expo general manager Mark Clarke says the owner of the cow is from a state outside of Wisconsin.
Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.
Posted Sunday, October 7, 2012 --- 5:45 a.m.
From the Madison Police Department:
10/06/2012 - 9:44 PM
EB Beltline near I-90/39 exit
A 26 yr old female was eastbound on the Beltline Hwy.
Her attention was diverted to an incoming text message and she swerved to the left striking a cattle trailer also eastbound.
The collision caused the trailer to begin swaying and driver of pickup pulling it was unable to maintain control.
Truck and trailer went into ditch, and trailer overturned.
The trailer was hauling 8 prize-winning Jersey cows from World Dairy Expo.
One cow died as a result of the crash, however the others were safely led out of the trailer by other World Dairy motorists who stopped to help.
No injuries to either driver, nor any other crashes as a result of what was a large scene.
Additional trailers were summoned to remove the surviving cattle.
Female driver was cited for inattentive driving.