A cattle truck was traveling at least 73 miles per hour when it overturned on Interstate 70 last week in a 45 mph zone, Kansas City police said Wednesday.
The speed determination is a conservative figure, police said, based on measurements from the tractor-trailer’s first skid to where it stopped.
The truck was hauling 72 cattle, six of which died in the 4 a.m. crash on the Benton curve. Police shut down the westbound lanes for six hours while they corralled loose cattle, called cowboys on horseback for help and cleaned the road.
Police issued the 41-year-old driver from Kentucky a ticket for careless driving. His wife, who was riding with him, suffered a broken arm in the wreck, police said. They were headed to Colorado with the cattle.