LADD — The Illinois State Police has issued a couple warnings to motorists, including one about an early Wednesday morning accident which left cows roaming on Interstate 80.
According to the Illinois State Police report, a semi-truck hauling cattle was traveling eastbound on Interstate 80, at Mile Marker 65 in eastern Bureau County, when the semi-truck left the roadway, traveled in the center median and rolled over, allowing many of the cows to escape the trailer.
ISP Trooper Craig Graham said efforts were made to recapture all of the cattle, however due to the weather conditions at the time, it is unknown if there are any cattle what remain loose in that area. Caution is recommended in that area as a collision with a cow can be very severe, Graham said.
The roll-over accident happen at about 1:47 a.m. Wednesday. The truck was driven by Dale Bramhall of Edinburgh, Ind.
In a separate press release issued Wednesday morning, the ISP reminded motorists of the "move-over law" which requires drivers to slow down, change lanes away from emergency vehicles and proceed with caution when they see emergency lights activated.
Also, drivers should take the necessary safety precautions when traveling on interstates and state roads during the winter weather, the ISP stated. Some of those precautions include traveling with a charged cell phone, car charger, food, water, warm clothing and blankets in case they become stranded for a long period of time.
State troopers and emergency crews will work around the clock to help keep motorists safe, but motorists must do their part, plan accordingly, and make safety a priority by driving at a safe speed, allowing plenty of space between vehicles to safely maneuver, and ensuring vehicle lights are functioning properly, the ISP release stated.
Reducing speed, avoiding distractions, wearing seat belts, and practicing safe driving habits are all crucial, especially when roads and interstates are snow and ice covered, and visibility is reduced, ISP Trooper Graham said.
Drivers should watch for black ice when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges and curves, and avoid abrupt steering and braking. Motorists must also watch for snow removal equipment and emergency vehicles, and exit the road to a safe location if driving conditions become too hazardous, the trooper stated.