by CHRIS ROGERS
A semi-tractor hauling a large cattle trailer crashed through a guard rail on Interstate 90 and rolled onto an embankment on Wednesday afternoon near Highway 61 in Dakota, resulting in minor injuries to the driver and the death of numerous cattle, as well as limiting traffic to a single lane on the interstate.
Just before 1 p.m., a 35-year-old Merrillan, Wis., man driving the semi westbound crashed, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The driver was transported to Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis., for non-life-threatening injuries. Numerous cattle were killed or severely injured in the wreck, according to Winona County Sheriff’s deputies.
At the livestock owner’s request, deputies put down 12 gravely injured cattle, Sheriff Ron Ganrude reported. Some had been pinned under the guard rail or under the trailer, he said. “[The farmer] was on scene pretty quick, and he was the one who told us which ones we should put down because they were beyond saving,” Ganrude explained.
Tri-State Ambulance, and Dakota, Nodine, and Pickwick first responders assisted.