Cows loose on I-70 in Georgetown Tuesday morning
A semi truck carrying 80 cattle rolled over on Tuesday morning, killing six cows and setting the rest loose along eastbound I-70 in Georgetown. The driver of the vehicle was not seriously injured, said a Colorado State Patrol spokesman. He added that the cause of the rollover was unknown and there were no other injuries reported.
Crews worked throughout the morning to clear up the wreckage and keep the cows off the road, which had gotten out after the truck fell over on its side. Eastbound traffic on I-70 was limited to one lane near the crash site, causing congestion that was likely worsened by passing drivers slowing down to ogle at the scene of loose stock on the interstate.
By the afternoon, the cows were being rounded up and corralled into trailers below the off-ramp into Georgetown before heading to their destination further east. All lanes were re-opened by 1:00 p.m.
Paul Cuthbertson set out by himself around 3 p.m. Friday from the trailhead that leads up to the Polar Star Inn, according to his father, Mike, but never made it to the popular backcountry hut as a late-spring snowstorm moved in.