Loose cattle shut down Pennyrile Parkway for hours - WSMV Channel 4

Loose cattle shut down Pennyrile Parkway for hours

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MADISONVILLE, KY (WSMV) -

About 20 cows from an overturned cattle truck blocked traffic on the Pennyrile Parkway in Hopkins County for about 8 hours from late Friday night into early Saturday morning.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, it happened around 9:25 p.m. Friday night near the Interstate 69 - Western Kentucky Parkway interchange between Nortonville and Mortons Gap.

Kentucky State Police said Ronnie Loy, 33, of Columbia, KY, was operating a 1998 Peterbilt pulling a cattle trailer northbound on the Pennyrile Parkway when the tractor and trailer dropped off the left shoulder of the roadway. The semi overturned on its side in the median.

The semi was hauling 128 cows, of which 20 escaped from the trailer after the collision, police said. Loy was not injured.

Several were caught, but a few cattle remain loose in the Mortons Gap area.

The Pennyrile Parkway was closed between the interchange and the Mortons Gap exit until about 4:51 a.m. Saturday.

Emergency responders with several fire departments and rescue units assisted transportation crews with detour efforts.

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