This morning around 5:00 am, a west bound 2009 Peterbuilt semi tractor pulling a loaded trailer of 88 head of cattle crashed closing Interstate #64.
The preliminary crash investigation reveals the driver of the semi tractor and trailer, John Forester, 36, of Jonesboro, TN, was traveling west bound on Interstate #64.
At the 101 Mile Marker he allegedly fell asleep driving off of the roadway into the median. This resulted in the semi tractor and trailer overturning releasing some of the cattle onto the roadway.
Shortly after this crash another west bound semi tractor and trailer crashed into one of the released cows that was in the roadway. The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department worked that crash.
The driver of the overturned semi was transported along with his co-driver, Dusty Arnold, 36, of Kingsport, TN, to the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, KY with non life threatening injuries.
Interstate #64 is still closed both directions and will remain closed until the cattle can be removed from the roadway.
Local farmers are assisting the cleanup effort by helping transport the cattle from the roadway to another location where they can be reloaded and sent on to their destination. The condition of the cattle ranged from deceased to injured to no injuries.
West bound traffic is being routed off Interstate #64 at the Corydon Exit # 105 and east bound traffic at the Marengo/Leavenworth Exit #92.
The load of cattle was enroute from Abington, VA to Allen, KS.