Cowley 3 and U.S.160 west of Winfield was closed to traffic for several hours Wednesday morning after a cattle hauler overturned.
Just before 4 a.m., emergency crews and the Cowley County Sheriff’s Dept. were called to the intersection for the report of an injury accident.
Alan Dean Rickard was driving a semi, loaded with cattle, southbound on 21st Rd., also known as Cowley 3, when he crossed the center line and then rolled the semi onto 160 blocking the eastbound lane of traffic.
Rickard had a minor injury to his right thigh.
The trailer contained 36 cattle, 30 of which escaped from the trailer and dispersed. Three head of cattle died.
Traffic at the intersection was expected to reopen by 9:30 a.m. Drivers passing through the area were diverted to side roads while clean up took place.
B&L towing service was called to the scene to remove the semi and people were contacted to herd the cattle.
KDOT, Winfield Fire/EMS, and County Road and Bridge assisted with traffic control for the duration of the cleanup process.