Cow Causes Slow Moooving Traffic in Atlanta A cow grazes on land. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty)
By Brian Freeman | Sunday, 04 April 2021 06:24 PM
A cow fell out of a trailer and held up traffic for about an hour on an interstate near Atlanta over the weekend, according to a tweet from the Dunwoody Police Department.
The cow was running down the I-285 highway on Saturday morning before police officers used a rope provided by a civilian to secure the animal.
Three lanes of the highway were closed while the cow was loose, with traffic returning to normal only about an hour later, according to WSB-TV.
A man headed to work who got caught in the traffic jam told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that “traffic was moving a little. Cars were slowly getting by. Then all the sudden this cow comes running around the corner with a gentleman chasing him.”
The newspaper noted that although such an incident is unusual, metro Atlanta traffic was actually snarled by cows on the highway in three separate incidents within a short time span a few years ago.
In the first incident, occurring in 2018, a tractor-trailer overturned on I-75, with 10 cows killed as a result.
Just a month later, another tractor-trailer crashed near I-285, killing three cows. Dozens of others spilled out on to the interstate.
Another tractor-trailer overturned on the the same highway the following year, with 11 cows killed, according to the newspaper.