The JFK Expressway was reopened in both directions at Q Street late Thursday afternoon as the last remaining stray cows were rounded up from a morning accident involving a cattle truck.
The truck was heading northbound when it rolled over near Q Street just after 10:30 a.m. The driver was not hurt. Police still don't know what caused the semi to overturn.
Police said there were 57 cattle on board with 13 stuck inside, some of them injured, and 44 on the loose. Two reportedly made it as far as Chandler Road in Bellevue before being caught.
“I look to my left and there's four cattle just walking up the road, just trotting along,” said Emilie Rickley. “The truck like rolled over, it was really kind of sad because I'm guessing some of the cattle are dead."
"It is weird seeing them because it is randomly on the side of the interstate and you see a bunch of cows,” said Kristen Botsford.
Local ranchers volunteered to come in and round ‘em up. "They kept telling me to go to Joe Tess’ and I didn't really care to eat and I just wanted to catch the cattle," said rancher Logan Allen. "You gotta go easy and gentle and they just had a big old wreck and they don't know what the hell is going on and then to ask them to get back on a trailer after they get tipped over and almost killed, that's quite a bit to ask for a cow. People call them dumb animals, but they are brilliant, really."
People stopped along Q Street to watch what was happening on the highway. “I thought it was going to be gory,” said Ashley Knapp. “I thought all the cows were going to be dead. I wasn't sure if the driver was okay. I wasn't sure what was happening. I just wanted to scope it out and see what happened."
Police weren’t aware of any accidents caused by the cattle. “It is a scary thought that this overturned on the interstate,” said Knapp. “I'm kind of thankful we got off over there instead of seeing everything up here."
After being captured, the cows were loaded onto another truck.