Semi hauling calves topples on side

A semi-tractor/trailer hauling calves ended up on its left side along the median of Highway 30 near the south intersection with Highway 59 in Denison on January 8.

Denison Police Officer Nicholas Groth came upon the accident at 12:24 p.m. while on regular patrol. As he approached the vehicle, he saw the driver get out of the semi-tractor cab through the passenger door.

The driver, Shane Travis Warrant, 36, of Kalispell, Montana, said he was not injured and told Groth that he was turning right from Highway 59 to travel west on Highway 30 when the wind pushed the truck over to the south.

Groth noted in his report that the wind was blowing from the south at the time and asked Warrant how the wind pushed the truck over to the south when it was blowing to the south, Warrant replied that the wind switched.

Warrant told Groth that he was traveling at about 20 miles per hour; Groth noted in his report that Warrant told a Department of Transportation officer that he was traveling at 15 miles per hour.

Warrant was cited by the Denison Police Department for failure to maintain control.

Five calves were reported killed due to the accident.

The blue 2015 Peterbilt rig, owned by Circle Bar Heifer Ranch, of Satanta, Kansas, received $50,000 damage. The report did not list a value for the five calves that were killed.

Denison Police and the Denison Volunteer Fire Department (DVFD) responded to the scene.

According to Duane Zenk, assistant fire chief, DVFD firefighters used extraction equipment to cut into the trailer to access the calves inside.

Area cattlemen David Boettger, Jim Langenfeld, Chad Langenfeld, Justin Reiser and James Reiser took gates and trailers to the scene to assist with unloading the animals.

The vehicle was hauling 160 calves; 155 survived the accident and were transported to the Denison Livestock Auction.

Firefighters also helped remove the driver’s dog from the cab.

The area experience high winds on Tuesday. Photos by Dan Mundt

Arrests and citations

At 12:20 a.m. on January 10, Timothy Paul Roush, 40, of Langsville, Ohio, was arrested for OWI, 1st offense, and was cited for open container, no valid driver’s license and driving on the wrong side of two-way highway.

At 2:16 p.m. on January 10, Orbil Alexander Sibrian-Hernandez, 46, of Denison, was arrested for driving while suspended.

At 12:07 a.m. on January 11, Cole Jeffery Schultz, 23, of Schleswig, was arrested for public intoxication.

Accidents

At 8:10 a.m. on January 7, Brandon Burhoop reported a car in the ditch on Highway 59. The vehicle was towed to the impound.

At 7:09 a.m. on January 8, Keith Roge reported a rollover at W Avenue one mile west of Highway 59.

At 6:03 p.m. on January 10, the Denison Police Department investigated a vehicle vs. deer accident at the intersection of Charles Street and North 10th Street. Lori Ann Wight, 47, of Denison, was driving west on Charles Street when her gold 2014 GMC struck a deer. She said the deer got up and ran off. Wight’s vehicle received $500 damage to the front bumper on the driver’s side. Wight was not injured.

Thefts

At 10:57 a.m. on January 8, Jeff Blum of Manilla reported the theft of a washer and dryer, mirrors and porch support. Total value of items is $1,216.59.

At 9:46 p.m. on January 10, Fred Hall Jr., of Denison, reported that his garage had been broken into. Reported missing were $460 worth of DeWalt sanders and saws and an Irwin tool box.