CATTLE HAULER ROLLOVER ON TRANSMOUNTAIN CAUSES TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES DUE TO LOOSE CATTLE

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Deputy Eileen Lopez

Acting Public Information Officer   

Office: (915) 538-2119

Pager: (915) 533-0733 (#5038)

EMAIL: elopez@epcounty.com

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DEPUTY BADGE WHTEl Paso, Texas- On 02/14/2012 at around 12:00 midnight, Sheriff’s Patrol Deputies responded to Loop 375 Mile Marker 15 in reference to a semi trailer rollover. Upon arrival a semi trailer/cattle hauler carrying approximately 100 head of cattle was found on its passenger side. The driver, 49 year male, was not injured and was able to get out of the tractor on his own. Investigation revealed that the semi trailer was traveling east on Loop 375 and was caught in cross winds causing the accident. Damage to the roof of the trailer allowed for the cattle to exit onto the roadway and into the mountain areas. Local Ranchers from the Canutillo area were summoned to assist and were able to corral most of the cattle. The Rancher will be returning to the area during daylight hours to locate and corral the remaining cattle that made their way into a canyon on the mountain.

Loop 375 was closed from shortly after midnight until 6:30 a.m. this morning.

UPDATE- 02/14/2012 approximately 8:00 a.m. Sheriff’s Deputies and the Texas Department of Public Safety Air Support are assisting the ranchers in locating and corralling the remaining cattle near mile marker 18 on Trans Mountain Road. Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team are on stand by in case of any injuries.

FOLLOW UP- 02/14/2012 As of approximately 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, there were still 8 to 10 cattle still loose in the mountain. The rest of the cattle were corralled and taken to a nearby ranch in Canutillo. The public is urged to use caution when traveling on Trans Mountain Road as it is possible the cattle will make their way back down toward the roadway.

If anyone locates any of the missing cattle please contact Mr. Hank Webb at 915 261-6650.

Published 14 February 2012 10:00 AM by elopez

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