CUSTER COUNTY— A semi-driver hauling cattle, lost control of his vehicle on Sargent Road last week that resulted in the semi and trailer tipping onto its side.
According to the accident report, Noe Alvarado Mendoza was driving a blue semi hauling cattle west on Sargent Road on Wednesday, July 17 around 8:30 PM when it was stated that he lost control of the vehicle. Mendoza told Custer County Sheriff Deputy Barrett Gibbons that a tire slid into the right side ditch and when he went to correct, the semi and trailer continued into the ditch and overturned.
Local help did arrive shortly after the accident and was able cut open the trailer to allow the cattle to leave. Mendoza told the 9-1-1 dispatcher that “the 41 black steer are out of the truck. Two are headed east and the others west.” The brand inspector, Anselmo fire fighters, and local residents responded to gather the cattle and help in any other way.
One steer was put down by Deputy Gibbons due to a broken leg. Mendoza was not injured and the semi and trailer was listed as totaled.