Lanes reopened on westbound I-40

Monday, June 2nd 2008, 8:41 am
By: News 9


MIDWEST CITY, Okla. -- All lanes are now re-opened on westbound Interstate 40.

Traffic was slow-moving on I-40 near S. Air Depot Blvd. this morning after a tractor-trailer truck carrying about 70 head of cattle flipped onto its side in the westbound lanes. The truck was blocking all but one lane of traffic on the highway.

Officials said they had to shut down the westbound lanes entirely for a few minutes in order to turn the truck right-side-up. The preparation process, however, took about five hours before traffic authorities could flip the truck back over.

The truck was driving too fast on the highway when the driver lost control of the vehicle and the truck flipped onto its side, Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers said.

The cattle had been moved onto another trailer while authorities prepared the truck to be flipped upright, troopers said.

The driver was not injured. There was no word on whether any of the cattle were hurt in the collision.