Cowboy Rides to the Rescue
Cattle Truck Crash Leaves Livestock on Highway 75
A driver crashes a semi-truck full of cattle on Highway 75 near Q street. Dozens of cattle had to be wrangled up by a Council Bluffs cowboy and Omaha Police. Video by kmtv.comvideo
Bellevue, NE--A tractor trailer hauling almost 60 cows tipped over Thursday morning on Highway 75, sending cattle all over the place. Police shut down all lanes from L Street to Chandler as they tried to round them up.
Just like a scene from an old-fashioned western, a cowboy came riding down a hill to help. Logan Allen trains quarterhorses and knows the ropes when it comes to collecting stray cattle. He's done it in Texas and in New Mexico.
"This is the heaviest populated area I've ever gotten to play with, but that's not bad," Allen told us.
When he heard about the livestock running on the highway, he called dispatch to offer his help. "They didn't really want us to come over and help at first because they said well we can't have civilians coming over and getting hit by a car. I said, 'I'm not just a greenhorn. I don't want you just shooting the cattle cause you can't catch them. I can catch whatever you got."
Allen proved it, roping one in a matter of seconds. Soon he and his horse got several of the cows rounded up and onto a truck.
"Just go easy and gentle cause those cows just had a big ole wreck and they don't know what's going on," he advised. "And then to ask them to get back on a trailer after they been tipped over and almost killed, that's quite a bit to ask for a cow."
Pretty soon, his job was done. And he needed to get going.
"I'm kind of on a time schedule cause I got to go to Clear Lake, South Dakota tonight for a rodeo," Allen declared.
As he headed for his next destination, he considered this not just a good deed, but good training for his horse.