Omaha police and the Nebraska Humane Society were called to a crash over the lunch hour Tuesday.
A semi, carrying cattle, tipped over on eastbound Dodge Street at Interstate-680 just before 11:30 a.m. Officials at the scene said some cattle were hurt in the crash and others were killed. Exact numbers have not been released.
Jeremy Dokmonovich was first on the scene and told WOWT 6 News he helped free the driver, who was not hurt.
A contractor by trade, Dokmonovich jumped into action as first responder after seeing the semi tip over right in front of him.
He said, “By the time I got there I threw it into park, jumped out of my truck, ran straight to his windshield, to see if I could see where they were. Hoping that I didn't see a bunch of blood."
Before he could even think about what had just happened in front of him, Dokmonovich jumped into action.
“Just constantly back and forth from my truck, trying to get it open. Soon as I got the windshield open, started kicking it."
Using two by fours, Dokmonovich was able to pry open the windshield of the cab. Soon, an Omaha police officer and a Department of Roads employee stepped in to help.
“We pulled the windshield out, laid it on the ground, got the dog out of there. The guy seemed a little woozy. He was more worried about the dog."
Then it was back to check on 107 head of cattle.
"It was maybe four or five feet distance up there, just enough for them to stand up when it is upright. So they are all smashed inside there."
Eventually, first responders were able to cut a hole in the back of the truck and backed in a second cattle truck to load the remaining animals. Shaken up but moving on their own power, they moved through the shoot into their new ride.