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Cattle on the loose rounded up at Kansas 10, I-435 after Johnson County traffic crash

Traffic ramps near Kansas 10 and Interstate 435 closed in Johnson County on Friday as emergency crews attempted to wrangle dozens of cows that had escaped from an overturned semi.

A truck carrying 89 cattle reportedly overturned just before noon Friday on the ramp from westbound I-435 to Kansas 10, the Kansas Department of Transportation said. Between 55 and 60 cows ran onto the highway Friday afternoon, closing highway ramps and avoiding capture for hours.

The eastbound Kansas 10 ramp at Ridgeview Road was closed and then reopened around 2 p.m. Westbound I-435 to westbound Kansas 10 ramps reopened later in the afternoon as crews continued to round up the remaining cattle.

One officer reported about 20 head of cattle in the area of 99th Street and Renner Road.

Motorists were advised to avoid the area.

“HOLY COW! Udder nonsense as first responders having fun with spontaneous ‘Great American Cattle Roundup’ on I-435/K-10 interchange area!” KDOT posted in a traffic alert.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc

Katy Bergen: 816-234-4120, @KatyBergen

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