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Truck carrying cattle overturns on Cameron highway

Posted July 11, 2008

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— A highway in Moore County was shut down early Friday as crews cleaned up a wreck involving a tractor trailer hauling cattle.

The driver ran off the road and the truck overturned around 1 a.m. on N.C. Highway 24 and Highway 27, which are conjoined, near the Lee County line.

The crash happened on the westbound side of the highway near Red Hill Road. The road was expected to be shut down until 9 a.m. or later.

The truck, which had minor damage, was hauling about 50 cattle to a farm in Candor in Montgomery County, authorities said. About 14 cows died. Another truck came to pick up the remaining livestock.

The driver, Dane Robert Paul, was OK. The 27-year-old from Indiana was charged with not having an operator's license. Troopers said they think speed might have been a factor.

The truck suffered minor damage.


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  • doodad Jul 11, 2008

    That's right quacko. It is cooler and it is possible these were feeder calves purchased yesterday at the Smithfield Livestock Auction and were headed westward. Once loaded, they will ride from NC to their destination which could be 24 hours from here.

  • quacko Jul 11, 2008

    because its a lot cooler at night

  • tgw Jul 11, 2008

    Sounds like it's prime time for some prime rib in Cameron. It sounds like that truck could have been a little overloaded. Why were they moving them at 1;00AM? Humm???

  • proud-bleeding-heart Jul 11, 2008

    Another reason why it rocks to be vegan!

  • NCSUPackfan Jul 11, 2008

    Something to think about. Is it sadder to turn over in an accident or to get hit in the skull with a pneumatic bullet, then slit across the throat? Just something to think about while you eat that burger for lunch.

    And for record, I am a carnivore.

  • monkey_boy09 Jul 11, 2008

    aww thats so sad about the cows... i hate hearing stories about that. I still love me some steak though.. mmmmmmm !

  • pappybigtuna1 Jul 11, 2008

    heard there is a sale on RK Beef in Cameron. Local resturant is having a Blue Plate Special - Half Rolled Beef on an Kaiser Roll

  • clintoflannagan Jul 11, 2008

    Sounds like they were trying to pack as many head as they could into the trailer and then move them under cover of darkness. While I'm sorry some cows got killed, I'm happy that some innocent motorist didn't get killed or maimed by these people who, on the surface, appear to be careless and borderline criminal.

  • Pineview Style Jul 11, 2008

    "what a mooooving story...."

    Dang! Beat me to it! And that's no bull....

  • bennelson99 Jul 11, 2008

    I was working 911 last night when this happened in our county. I didn't realize you could fit that much livestock in one trailer. Much thanks to those who lended a helping hand at all hours of the night. Things ran s'mooooo'th.