DANVILLE — Wanted: 12 head of cattle on the lam.
David Tyas, assistant director of the Vermilion County Animal Shelter, said that 12 head of cattle still remained at large on Wednesday night following a crash early Wednesday on Interstate 74.
According to a state police report, James D. Carmack, 29, of Harrodsburg, Ky., was driving a livestock hauler carrying 65 head of cattle west on I-74 a mile east of the Bowman Avenue exit when he ran off the road at about 2:40 a.m. Wednesday.
“It was my understanding that the animals were being transferred as feeder cattle,” Tyas said.
The vehicle hit the median cable barrier and overturned.
Carmack, who was wearing his seat belt, was taken to Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville for his injuries. No information was available on his condition.
Carmack was issued a ticket for improper lane usage.
According to Tyas, all but 18 of the cattle remained in the hauler following the crash.
Information on their condition was not available.
Tyas said that six of the loose bovines were captured, but 12 head of cattle had not yet been found on Wednesday night.
“We have six of them contained temporarily,” Tyas said. “One of my officers was able to contain them in a pasture until we are able to take them to a barn. The other 12 have not been located.
“Our main initial concern following the accident was getting the cattle off the highway so that nobody would be in danger. We were successful in getting them off the road, but some of them ran off in the process.”
The truck was heavily damaged, according to police.
One lane of traffic was shut down in each direction for several hours, according to a state police telecommunicator at Pesotum.