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Cattle die in Jones Co. semi tipover

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Cattle die in Jones Co. semi tipover
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

DRAPER -- A single-vehicle accident in Jones County resulted in several cattle deaths Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

Jones County Sheriff John Weber said shortly after 4 p.m., 25-year-old Jake Mathews, of Draper, was driving a semi with a trailer hauling cattle southbound on Cemetery Road, about 14 miles north of Draper in Jones County. Weber said when Mathews approached the corner of Cemetery Road and 226th Street, he got too far onto the soft shoulder of the gravel road and lost control. The semi and trailer tipped onto the passenger side in the ditch.

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Mathews was uninjured in the crash, but Weber said there were about 15 cattle deaths of the approximately 80 cows and calves in the trailer.

The semi, trailer and cattle were owned by Jake's father, Carl Mathews, Weber said. Murdo Rescue used saws to cut holes in the trailer to extricate the cattle. Draper Fire Department also responded, and Weber said emergency responders were on scene for about five hours.

"Thy just basically started using saws and chop saws to get whatever they could out," Weber said.

He estimated about five calves and 10 cows died, and there were several more with scrapes, scratches and bruises.

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