I-5 accident leads to death of cattle

Deborra Brannon
The scene after a trailer carrying cattle overturned Sunday night on I-5 north of Castella.

A traffic accident on Interstate 5 just north of Castella Sunday night resulted in the death of several cattle and left some roaming the highway, according to a report issued by the California Highway Patrol.

Keith Kasiner of Eufaula, OK, was driving his 2005 Peterbilt tractor pulling a 2005 Wilso livestock trailer southbound on I-5 just north of the Castle Creek Road under-crossing at about 11:30 p.m. when he saw a deer begin to run from the right shoulder to the center divider, the report stated.

Kasiner turned his tractor to the left in an attempt to avoid a collision, according to the report, but hit the center divider concrete wall. The tractor and livestock trailer overturned onto the wall, blocking lanes of both northbound and southbound I-5.

The report stated that when the tractor and trailer overturned, the trailer opened and several cows escaped.

Due to the cows being loose on I-5 and the partially blocked lanes, the report stated, the interstate was closed for nine hours in both directions.

CHP Officer Joe Borgen said there were a total of 37 cattle being hauled in the livestock trailer. Of those, two were fatally injured in the crash, two were euthanized by a local vet at the scene, and one suffering from a broken leg will be evaluated in the coming days.

“The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Posse traveled to the scene of the accident and helped round up the loose cattle,” Borgen said. “The surrounding area was penned off, the cattle were herded onto trucks and taken from the scene.”

He said the Siskiyou County Agriculture Inspector also assisted at the scene, as did personnel from Siskiyou County Animal Control.

Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey said the Posse “did a great job of recapturing the animals and hauling them off.”

The CHP report stated that during the investigation it was determined that Kasiner was driving with a suspended driver’s license and was in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kasiner was placed under arrest and booked into the Shasta County Jail, Borgen confirmed.