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The Dickinson Press
Semitrailer accident leaves 11 calves dead
Dickinson North Dakota 1815 1st Street West 58602

DICKINSON - A semitrailer loaded with calves rolled into a ditch on Friday in Dickinson, leaving the driver uninjured and 11 animals dead.

A semitrailer loaded with calves rolled into a ditch on Friday in Dickinson, leaving the driver uninjured and 11 animals dead.

"Basically, the truck drifted off the roadway," said Sgt. Dustin Dassinger of the Dickinson Police Department.

The semitrailer was carrying 114 calves around mid-day when it tipped and came to rest in a ditch along the southbound lane of Sixth Ave. S.E., Dassinger said.

Several calves were loose after the accident, so employees from Stockmen's Livestock Exchange Inc. came with a horse and an all-terrain vehicle to round up the animals, Dassinger said. Praus Auction and Trucking assisted in transporting the cattle.

The truck, owned by Cloverleaf Cattle Co., of Mandan, was likely coming from Stockmen's yard, not far from where the accident occurred, Dassinger said.

The Dickinson Rural Fire Department showed up to cut open the trailer to free the animals trapped inside. In addition to the 11 dead, several calves were believed to be injured, Dassinger said.

Once all the calves had been removed from the truck, tow trucks used cables to right the semitrailer.

Dassinger said this call wasn't one you get everyday.

"A little bit of an unusual one," he said.

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