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    Thursday, November 01, 2001

    Giles crash kills 25 cows,injures driver

    Emergency crews and volunteers worked until nearly 5 a.m. Wednesday to clean up the scene and herd the cattle to safety.

    By SHAY WESSOL
    THE ROANOKE TIMES

    One truck driver and 33 cows spent Wednesday recovering from a harrowing crash that blocked U.S. 460 near Rich Creek in Giles County for several hours late Tuesday night.

    Kevin Frank, 42, of Ilderton , Ontario, lost control of his tractor-trailer and crashed over the embankment about 10 p.m. Tuesday. Frank was flown to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he was in stable condition Wednesday.

    Frank had been traveling westbound on U.S. 460, hauling 61 cows from Hillsville to Troy, Ohio, said Trooper Scott Clark of the Virginia State Police. Frank drove into the highway's curve along the New River bluffs near Rich Creek too fast and his rig rolled down the embankment, Clark said.

    Frank and most of the cattle were thrown from the truck.

    Emergency crews and volunteers from throughout the county and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech

    worked until nearly 5 a.m. to clean up the scene and herd the cattle to safety.

    "To be the middle of the night like it was, we had all kinds of people out to help," Clark said. "We had all kinds of help, so we were pretty lucky."

    By Wednesday, 33 cows were alive and ferried to safety at the Narrows Livestock and Auction Market. Another 25 died or were put down because of their injuries, and three remained missing, Clark said.

    "We happened to be close by, so we went out," said Lee Eaton, manager of the livestock market. "We were just trying to help, since cattle is our business."

    The scene bordered, at times, on chaotic.

    "Their adrenaline was pumping because of everything that was going on around them and because of what they had been through," Eaton said. "They were a little excitable, so you just had to do what you could do."

    Clark was cited Wednesday for reckless driving, Clark said.

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    Damn Canadians!
    Graeme

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      dead cows..... http://www.flash.net/~scfische/animation/deadcow.htm

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        This thread really Moooooooo(ved) me.
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