Cattle Hauler Miraculously Survives “Badly Smashed Cab,” Cows Not As Lucky

Union County, Pennsylvania – A semi-truck hauling almost 100 young cattle overturned Tuesday evening in Union County, killing some of the cows and injuring the driver.

The accident occurred just before 8 p.m. on state Route 45 in Hartley Township, east of the Centre County line.

Responders from the West End Fire Company located the truck overturned down a 25-foot embankment.

The truck driver was miraculously able to climb free from the truck and transported to a local hospital via ambulance. His injuries are listed as “moderate.”

Some of the 97 cows died in the accident, others were trapped inside the double-decker trailer and the remaining were scattered in nearby woods. The number of deceased cows is unknown at this time.

It took approximately 80 emergency personnel and volunteers hours to wrangle up the surviving cattle and clean the wreckage. Clean up crews were still on-scene until early morning hours on Wednesday.

“I’ve never seen a cab smashed that bad and somebody survived,” Floyd Etters, first assistant chief of the Millheim Fire Company, told local news outlet Centre Daily.

According to Etters, local farmers and volunteers hauled the surviving cattle to sale barns in Centre Hall and Miffinburg.


The cause of the crash remains under investigation. State police say they will release the accident report in the next few days.