Cows cause traffic jam on Florida highway

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Traffic came to a standstill for several hours on Florida’s turnpike in the central part of the state on Monday after a cattle carrier burst into flames, sending dozens of cows onto the roadway.

The carrier’s semi-cab began catching fire shortly before noon near St. Cloud, south of Orlando, according to a Florida Highway Patrol news release.

The driver, a 47-year-old man from Alabama, pulled the truck toward the outside shoulder of the turnpike, officials said. He then opened the cattle trailer door, allowing about 70 cows to escape the smoke and flames.

The local fire department responded and extinguished the fire. No injuries were reported. The cattle carrier was towed off the scene.

Florida’s turnpike was closed in both directions and traffic was diverted for nearly four hours as officials dealt with the blaze and rounded up the loose herd.

Authorities did not immediately clarify the cause of the truck fire.

The cows were released to avoid the fire.
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