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Highway 54 wreck leaves one injured, cattle dead

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Highway 54 wreck leaves one injured, cattle dead

By Rhonda Butters


According to a report from the Hartley County Sheriff’s Office, an early morning accident on U.S. Highway 54 on Thursday, June 10 left one man injured and resulted in the death of some cattle as well as two semi tractor-trailers collided.

Dalhart and the surrounding area were enveloped in a heavy fog that morning that reduced visibility to anywhere from 20 feet to 50 yards. One semi loaded with 34 cattle pulled out from a feed yard onto Highway 54. The other semi was headed west on Highway 54 and collided with the trailer, actually splitting it in half.

According to Hartley County Sheriff Chanze Fowler, the driver of the semi that collided with the cattle trailer ended up with a fractured leg as a result of the accident. A total of five of the 34 head of cattle that were on the trailer died due to the wreck. The other cattle were rounded up and taken back to Dalhart Cattle Feeders.

Fowler reported that the heavy fog was a major factor in the accident, as visibility on that part of Highway 54 was reduced to approximately 20- 30 feet. The highway had to be closed for several hours as the semis were removed and cattle rounded up.

The Hartley County Sheriff’s office thanked several other organizations in a Facebook post for helping with the accident. Those organizations included AMS, the Texas Department of Public Safety, Dallam County Sheriff’s Office, Dalhart Police Department, the Texas Department of Transportation, Dalhart Cattle Feeders, and both the Dalhart and Hartley Fire Departments.

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