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2011-07-21 / General Stories

18-Wheeler Cattle Truck Rollover on Hwy 77 South


Traffic was backed up for quite some time last Friday morning as members of law enforcement and EMS worked to clear the road after a cattle truck overturned on Highway 77 outside of Giddings. Traffic was backed up for quite some time last Friday morning as members of law enforcement and EMS worked to clear the road after a cattle truck overturned on Highway 77 outside of Giddings. An 18 wheeler towing a large cattle trailer overturned on Highway 77 just south of Giddings near the intersection of Private Road 7703 last Friday morning. The 2004 Peterbilt truck was driven by Rene Ventura Chevas from Pearsall, Texas.

According to the DPS report, Chevas age 36, traveling with one passenger, Emanuel Basrio Chevas, age 10, was traveling southbound in the outside lane with a livestock trailer in tow with 44 head of cattle. At the curve in the highway, Chevas apparently exited the right side of the roadway while trying to negotiate the right curve. The livestock trailer then struck a culvert and a delineator marker on the road before going down an embankment and rolling onto its right side.

The driver of the big rig suffered incapacitating injuries and was taken by B & M Ambulance to an area hospital. He was later life flighted to San Antonio. The passenger escaped serious injury and several head of cattle died at the scene.

DPS Trooper Ordie Manner investigated the accident, assisted by Deputies Liles and Rudolph with the Lee County Sheriff ’s Department. Local rancher and businessman, Alan Lindner and others helped with the surviving cattle, while the Giddings Volunteer Fire Department and Lee County Commissioner Doug Hartfield and his employees brought tractors to the scene to help with the injured and deceased cattle.

McCoy Wrecker Service was also on the scene to help with the clean up.

Lee County Sheriff Rodney Meyer said, “This was a great example of our community coming together in an emergency situation to help the people of Lee County.”

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