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May 23, 2014

Rig loaded with cattle flips

Driver had no operator’s license; 18 cows perish in crash

Science Hill — A major roadway just north of Science Hill was closed for hours Friday after an 18-wheeler carrying more than 70 cattle flipped on its side. The accident occurred at around 10:30 a.m. Friday at around the 10-mile marker of North Ky. 1247. Michael Market II was operating a Peterbilt tractor-trailer and hauling 74 cattle on North Ky. 1247 when the vehicle left the roadway in a curve, flipping onto its side and coming to rest against several trees on the embankment. “I came around that curve and the truck leaned over,” said Market, who was not injured. Nine-year-old Emily Ping was playing in her grandmother’s yard at nearby 10475 North Ky. 1247 when she saw the accident happen. “He was coming around (the curve) and he started wobbling really bad,” said Ping. “He just fell into the tree and all the cattle got out.” Ping, her aunt, Sarah Denham, and others helped corral the escaped cattle into nearby fields. But a number of cattle remained trapped in the trailer. Emergency officials brought in construction equipment to help tear through the trailer wall and release the cattle. In all, 18 cattle died in the accident. “I seen it happening by there wasn’t nothing I could do about it,” said Market. Market was transporting cattle from J. Anderson Farms Inc. to another farm when the accident occurred. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, Eubank Volunteer Fire Department, and Science Hill Volunteer Fire Department responded to the accident The Somerset-Pulaski County Special Response Team /Hazmat Area 12 was also called to the scene of the accident to help transport diesel fuel out of the truck. Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement also responded to the accident. Officer Steven Douglas, public affairs officer for KSPCVE, said his agency was on the scene to assist with the commercial vehicle aspect of the wreck. Douglas said Market, of Henderson County, was cited for operating on a suspended/revoked commercial driver’s license, failure to surrender the suspended/revoked license, and failure to notify the department of transportation of a change of address. The roadway was re-opened at 2:30 p.m. Friday. Heather Tomlinson is a staff writer for the Commonwealth Journal. She can be reached at

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