A deer caused Interstate 70 to close for several hours, late Friday night.
26 year old, Cory Acker, of Shreve, Ohio was traveling westbound on Interstate 70, 4 miles west of St. Elmo, late Friday night. Acker was driving a truck/trailer semi and was hauling cattle. Shortly after 11:30pm, a deer ran into the roadway, in the path of Cory Acker. Acker attempted to avoid hitting the deer, leaving the roadway. Acker’s livestock hauler overturned in the center median and several cattle got loose. The unconfined cattle then caused an additional 5 crashes, as it was reported that vehicles had struck the cattle.
Interstate 70 was closed for several hours and traffic was rerouted to US Route 40. No injuries were reported in any of the accidents. 11 of the cattle perished in the accidents.