DAIRY CATTLE KILLED IN TRUCK CRASH; WILDLIFE WAYSTATION BENEFITS; 210 FREEWAY TIED UP 9 HOURS.
A big-rig crash on the Foothill Freeway was bad news for cows Wednesday, but good news for tigers at the Wildlife Waystation.
The truck carrying a herd of dairy cattle crashed into another truck pulling a Hot Dog on a Stick trailer, killing nine cows and tying up traffic for nine hours, officials said.
The dead bovines were brought to the Waystation in Tujunga, to be fed to tigers, mountain lions, wolves and other carnivores.
``They can't survive on dog kibble. They have to have their red meat,'' said Martine Colette, founder of the Waystation, a non-profit center that cares for abandoned, injured and abused exotic wildlife.
``As tragic as it is, their demise means life for somebody else,'' she said.
Twenty-nine cows, which were enroute to Fresno, were rescued by animal control officers and an emergency equine team.
Eight other cows died when the impact thrust them on top of one another and they suffocated, said Jackie David, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Department of Animal Regulation. One cow was euthanized after it got wedged onto the trailer and broke its back.
The cattle truck driver suffered only a cut forearm, officials said.
The nine cattle that died were donated to the Waystation, said Leann Gibson, an office manager for the Anker Trucking company that was hauling the animals from Ontario to a Fresno dairy for milking.
The ordeal began at about 12:45 a.m. when the hotdog trailer of a truck carrying carnival equipment dislodged and fell into the westbound 210 Freeway lanes near Lowell Avenue, said California Highway Patrol Officer Jordan Van Meter.
Photo: A man tries to clean up what's left of a carnival ride that was badly damaged during a crash Wednesday on the Foothill Freeway.
Gene Blevins/Special to the Daily News
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|Date:||Jun 17, 1999|
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