Cows Escape in Multi-Car-Crash in Sumter County
News writers throughout Central Florida enjoyed themselves on Thursday, February 13th, as a result of an incident that took place along the northern lanes of Interstate 75, close to Lake Panasoffkee and Wildwood, that involved a truck full of cows. Puns abounded in the headlines even as the content of the news story itself was a little less delightful, involving, as it did, a car accident with an unknown number of injuries. The reports from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office indicated that the incident happened sometime during the day, although a precise time was not given.
Although the crash remains under investigation, we do know that it was very near mile marker 321 when a collision involving an unspecified number of cars took place. One of the cars involved was a livestock trailer, and inside of this trailer was an unknown number of cows. It is not clear how badly the trailer was damaged or how many of the cows inside the trailer were killed or injured as a result of the crash, but reports from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office suggested that the collision was damaging enough to result in lane closures stretching from mile marker 321 all the way until mile marker 329.
Deputies working with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office alerted drivers hoping to pass through the area that there would be long delays as the crash site was tended to and the preliminary investigation launched. This investigation remains underway, and it is not clear at this point whether or not there are any individuals who are being looked at as possibly holding the greatest share of the responsibility for the accident.
Due to the crash, the truck carrying the cows became damaged in such a way as to allow the cows the chance to exit and begin wandering around the highway. The reports, although gleeful in their discussion of the cow escape, failed to state the number of cows that escaped and whether or not there was any difficulty in gathering them back together.
As stated above, the reports also failed to mention whether or not anyone – people or cows – were injured as a result of the crash.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.