Cattle cut from wreckage (graphic content)

Driver not injured

Last updated 12:06 01/08/2012

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A stock truck crash near Cave at about 10.30am left three cattle dead and more than 30 others needing to be rescued.

Constable Richard Pattie of Temuka police said the stock truck, owned by Ellesmere Transport Company of Dunsandel, was carrying about 38 in-calf heifers when it crashed at a bend along Pleasant Point-Cave Highway.

Mr Pattie said the cause of the crash was still being investigated, but appeared to be the result of speed and wet road conditions.

The driver, who was not injured, told police he felt the trailer begin to fishtail as he approached the bend. The truck rolled onto its left side, skidded down the verge and rotated, coming to a stop facing in the direction it had come.

Three animals were dead when police arrived at the scene. Those trapped inside the overturned trailer were rescued when the fire brigade cut open the crate to free them.

A few cattle were still inside the trailer when it was lifted upright and walked off afterward, Mr Pattie said.

A veterinarian was on hand to examine the surviving animals.

Police have not yet determined whether the truck driver will face charges.

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- The Timaru Herald


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