Bees, pennies, chickens, now cows involved in Delaware accident

A DelDOT worker checks on cows in the back of an overturned truck. (John Jankowski/WHYY)

A DelDOT worker checks on cows in the back of an overturned truck. (John Jankowski/WHYY)

The latest odd Delaware traffic accident involved a truck hauling cattle at the I-295/Rt. 141 interchange.


Delaware State Police say tractor trailer loaded with 15 cows overturned while trying to merge from 141 onto 295 eastbound. The incident happened around 9:30 Monday night. While all the cows remained in the trailer, it’s not clear the extent of the animals’ injuries. The cows were removed by a pet removal company.

The driver of the truck, 32-year-old Travis Clark of Pennsylvania was not injured. He was cited for operating an improperly loaded vehicle. 

The ramp from 141 to 295 was closed for more than six hours while troopers investigated and crews worked to collect the cows and remove the truck.

This is the latest odd incident on Delaware roads in recent weeks. Earlier this month, a truck carrying a load of live chickens overturned after crashing with another truck along Delaware Rt. 1 near Smyrna. That incident ended with hundreds of dead chickens strewn across the highway. In September, I-95 northbound was shut down after a truck carrying blank pennies overturned in the same area as Monday’s cow truck crash. The effort to clean up 40,000 pounds of coins took hours and snarled traffic throughout northern Delaware. In May 2014, a truck carrying as many as 20 million live bees overturned on an on-ramp to I-95 near Newark. Drivers passing that incident were urged by police to roll their windows up to avoid getting bees in their vehicles.

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