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South Dakota 18-Wheeler Driver Crashes in AZ, Killing 24 Cattle

Posted on Apr 21, 2011

A single-vehicle truck wreck killed 24 head of livestock last week, shutting down a major interstate in the process. The driver involved in the wreck is from Box Elder, SD.

Tucker Green, 37, was driving his independently-owned semi-truck rig from Oshkosh, NE to Phoenix, AZ when the truck hit a guardrail and overturned onto its side. The accident happened around 3 a.m. on a recent Friday.

Green's cargo was cattle, and 24 were killed when the truck overturned in the crash. Fortunately, 13 cattle survived, and they were transported away from the scene by police and local ranchers.

Green was driving on southbound Interstate-17 at the time, and the highway was closed for more than eight hours one mile north of the Bumble Bee exit for cleanup.

Green was cited for failure to control his vehicle. Though not conclusive, police believe that fatigue may have played a role in the crash.

Our thoughts are with all of those who have been affected by this unfortunate accident.

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