Wagontire, Ore. – One person was injured and approximately ten cattle died as the result of a rollover traffic crash Wednesday afternoon involving a truck pulling a trailer loaded with cattle along Highway 395 about one mile north of Wagontire in Harney County.
According to Sergeant Brian Williams, on January 15, 2014 at approximately 12:33 p.m., a Peterbilt truck pulling an enclosed semi-trailer loaded with cattle was traveling on Highway 395 near milepost 29. As the truck negotiated through a right curve, the load inside the trailer shifted causing the truck and trailer to tip onto their left side, slide off the highway and come to rest in the ditch on the west side of the highway.
Driver JAMES EYNETICH, age 63, from Ione, was not injured. Passenger GAYLE EYNETICH, age 63, was injured and extricated by Hines Fire Department personnel. She was transported by ambulance to Harney District Hospital in Burns with non-life threatening injuries.
Emergency responders from Oregon State Police (OSP), Harney County Sheriff’s Office, Harney EMS, Hines Fire Department came to the scene.
Sergeant Williams credited the work by firefighters and area ranch volunteers who came to the scene. Firefighters cut openings in the overturned trailer to get cows out and cowboys on horseback helped round up loose cattle. The southbound lane was closed for about six hours while volunteers helped round up loose cattle. Approximately 10 cows were directly killed or had to be euthanized at the scene because of injuries sustained in the crash.
The total number of surviving cattle is not available at this time.