Overturned semi sends cattle into roadway, halts traffic on I-39 (with photos)

By WEEK Producer

May 15, 2014 Updated May 15, 2014 at 6:53 PM CDT

EL PASO, Ill. -- A semi tractor trailer overturned Thursday morning on Interstate 39 near El Paso sending cattle into the roadway and halting traffic in both directions.

The accident happened around 2:30 a.m. and sent about 35 cattle into the roadway, at least six were hit by cars and had to be put down.

There is no word on injuries to motorists.

The interstate was closed for several hours as crews worked to clean up the scene.

We are following up with the El Paso police chief and will have the latest tonight on Live at Five and News 25 at 6.