30 cows die after tractor-trailer overturns in north Harris County

HOUSTON – At least 30 cows died after the tractor-trailer hauling them flipped over early Tuesday morning in north Harris County.

The crash was reported about 4 a.m. on U.S. Highway 90 at South Lake Houston Parkway.

Mike Patzke, the owner of the tractor-trailer, said he believes that the cattle shifted in the trailer and caused the trailer to flip onto its side. The trailer went over an embankment and landed on the highway.

Emergency crews set up a temporary corral at the scene, and firefighters used equipment to cut open the door. While some of the cows were able to walk out of the trailer on their own, crews were seen having to pull some of them out one by one.

Veterinarians at the scene were checking out the animals, some of which had to be euthanized.

As of late Tuesday morning, about 30 of the 123 cows that were on the trailer had died. Officials said that number could rise.

Patzke said the driver of the tractor-trailer suffered minor injuries in the crash, and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

All lanes of Highway 90 and South Lake Houston Parkway were closed after the crash. Westbound lanes of Highway 90 reopened about 9 a.m.