Grazing Cows, Tractor Trailer Fire Shut Down Florida Interstate For 50+ Miles

Talk about a ‘cattle drive.’

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Florida’s Turnpike is almost always a zoo; that expression took on new meaning when a herd of loose cows stopped traffic for three hours.

About 70 cows went running after a cattle hauler fire on Florida’s Turnpike. The incident brought traffic to a miles-long standstill outside Orlando, USA Today reported. The herd also forced the closure of part of the road as state troopers tried to round up the cattle.

The incident occurred on the Florida’s Turnpike South in Osceola County, according to a report by Fox 35 Orlando News.

The driver of the tractor-trailer cab that caught fire repeatedly opened the cattle trailer to let the cows flee from the fire and smoke.

The driver is a 47-year-old man from Samson, Alabama, according to Fox 35.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze, and authorities eventually rounded up all the remaining cattle, Fox 35 reported.

Authorities reportedly reopened the portion of Florida’s Turnpike that was closed shortly before 3 p.m. on Monday.

Monday’s “cattle drive,” so to speak, came after another situation involving animals got out of control in Florida.

Florida just keeps proving to be a wild country!

Last week, an elderly woman died following a fall into her pond at a Florida country club. The woman was near her home when she was attacked and killed by a pair of alligators. The tragedy happened at the Boca Royale Golf and Country Club Englewood, Florida, per WTVT.

Newsweek wrote, “Two alligators — one that was 8 feet 10 inches long, and another that was 7 feet 7 inches long — then attacked her as she tried to stay afloat, according to WTVT, which cited officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The FWC responded to the scene to remove the alligators as part of its investigation.”

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