Cows break free from farmer’s trailer, roam free on I-65 for hours

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. – Three cows roamed loose on I-65 after the doors on a farmer’s trailer came open Friday.

The man was traveling from Tennessee to northern Indiana to sell the cows when a motorist pulled up to him to alert him of the open doors. After the farmer pulled over on the shoulder, the three cows escaped the trailer and began walking around the highway at mile marker 101.

Police were dispatched to the area around 12:50 p.m. after receiving concerning calls. An off-duty officer responded and found the cows off the road in the grass when he arrived.

INDOT, along with another ISP trooper responded to help with traffic. Indianapolis Animal Care and Control and Johnson Co Animal Care and Control responded to assist in wrangling the cows safely.

Initially, around 80-100 feet of orange plastic fencing was used to contain the cows, until the county was able to bring in metal fencing, like what’s used at county fairs.

The cows were safely loaded back into the trailer and back on their way to northern Indiana by 3:30 p.m.

No humans or cows were hurt, and no accidents resulted from this incident.

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