Cow standing on Interstate 30 causes deadly wreck and long delays

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A multi-vehicle crash that left one person dead on Interstate 30 Tuesday morning started with a semi-truck striking a cow that was standing in the road.

According to authorities, the crash happened on I-30 near Hooks around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. The crash had Interstate 30 and Highway 82 backed up for much of the day.

According to a Texas Department of Public Safety preliminary crash report, a 2011 Freightliner towing a trailer was headed west on I-30 when it hit a cow and crossed the median into eastbound lane, where it was hit by a 2021 Chevy Malibu. The trailer rolled over the eastbound lane when a 2005 Freightliner, also towing a trailer, drove through the rolled over trailer and caught fire. A 2020 Volvo towing a trailer, also headed eastbound, swerved to the left to avoid the wreck, but hit the detached rear axle of the rolled over trailer.

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The driver of the 2005 Freightliner was killed. The driver of the 2011 Freightliner was not injured.

The identity of the driver killed has not yet been released.

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