Several cattle injured, traffic halted after Highway 81 crash

NORFOLK, Neb. -- A major crash in northeast Nebraska impacted traffic throughout Friday morning as authorities worked to clear the scene.

A semi truck flipped along US Highway 81 Friday morning north of Norfolk. It was carrying cattle when it crashed.

The Nebraska State Patrol and fire crews spent the better part of Friday morning getting the scene under control.

Several of the animals were injured, and the truck appeared to be stuck in a ditch.

According to the Nebraska State Patrol, the semi was carrying livestock, including pigs, cattle, goats and sheep. None of the hogs or cows were killed, but an estimated 69 goats and six sheep died in the accident.

No human injuries were reported.

An NSP spokesperson said a 2005 Buick Lacrosse was attempting to turn southbound onto Highway 81 from a private driveway when it obstructed the pathway of the northbound semi. The driver of the Buick was ruled at fault.

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