14 cows dead after abandoned motorcycle causes trucks to collide in Hesperia – San Bernardino Sun
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A collision on Highway 395 in Hesperia involving two semi-trucks and a motorcycle resulted in 14 dead cows and extrication for one of the drivers, officials said.

Just after 12 a.m. Tuesday morning, a semi-truck was travelling southbound on Highway 395, south of Main Street when the vehicle struck an abandoned motorcycle in the southbound lane, according to a news release issued by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies believe the collision caused the semi-truck to cross into the northbound lane and collide head-on with another semi-truck, which contained 32 head of cattle and overturned after the collision.

Seven cows were dead as a result of the collision, seven were euthanized at the scene due to extensive injuries, eight were rescued and 10 escaped into the desert, but were later found and rounded up with the help of local ranchers and Hesperia Animal Control personnel.

The driver of the overturned truck required extrication and was transported to a local hospital for his injuries. The driver of the semi-truck that collided with the motorcycle was not injured.

Deputies were searching for the driver of the abandoned motorcycle, Mara Rodriguez, a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Department, said Tuesday afternoon.

Highway 395 was shut down while the scene was cleaned, but was re-opened by 3 p.m., said Rodriguez.

The investigation was ongoing.

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