that wandered onto Interstate 30 early Tuesday morning outside Prescott caused five crashes
, Bill Sadler of the Arkansas State Police
We called after getting an e-mail inquiring about the manner in which the cows were dispersed. Four were shot by Nevada County deputies
, Nevada County Deputy Sheriff
Larry Miller confirmed; the remaining — he was guessing about 40 cows had wandered onto I-30 from an on-ramp — were eventually driven into pastures.
The State Police got a call at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday that cattle were on the interstate, a call quickly followed by others reporting multiple collisions on the highway, Sadler said. A tractor-trailer rig collided with a cow and the driver lost control, crashing through a guard rail; passenger cars collided with other cars trying to avoid the cows, Sadler said. One person was taken to an area hospital with injuries; Sadler did not know the identity of the person or the nature of the injuries.
State Police tried to drive the cows off the road with sirens and by herding them with their cars. Miller said the four that were shot were “hard-headed” and kept heading back on to the interstate after they’d been driven off. He said the cattle could be found in both the eastbound and westbound lanes between interstate exit 44 and the 39-mile marker in Hempstead County.