Bull freed in Indiana truck crash doesn't go quietly

Tue Jul 27, 2010 11:12am EDT
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CHICAGO (Reuters Life!) - A feisty bull that escaped from a fiery truck accident on a major highway in Indiana and then tried to vault a concrete median forced the closure of the roadway in both directions on Tuesday, police said.

The driver of the cattle-hauling truck gave police an impromptu lesson in corralling the beasts, but one bull among seven escapees did not like being contained and wandered down Interstate 94, Indiana State Police Sgt. Ann Wojas said.

"He attempted to jump the 3-foot concrete median into the eastbound lanes. He attempted it but didn't make it," she said of the bull.

Police closed the roadway for several hours until another truck arrived to haul the animals away. Several cows grazed quietly on a grassy embankment, she said.

The truck's driver dove out his window to escape the fire, which blew out the tires and allowed an avenue of escape. But officers had to put down some injured animals and 18 of the 34 cattle perished, Wojas said.

(Reporting by Andrew Stern; Editing by Jerry Norton)