By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Daily Leader
A fire originating at the site of a rear trailer tire shut down a loaded cattle truck Friday morning six miles west of Forgan. The truck was bound for National Carriers in Liberal.
“An air bag in the trailer blew and there was a blow out,” Assistant Safety Director for National Carriers Doug LaFreniere said.
The trailer was loaded with 34 head of cattle, of which, LaFreniere said, one was lost. The truck was driven by Sam Wilson of National Carriers.
“It was loaded, he opened the door and let them jump out,” LaFreniere said. “You just can’t leave them in there.”
Although some of the cattle were still safely standing in the nose of the trailer, nine were penned across the street awaiting a relief driver for Wilson.
“We got them rounded up in a pen across the street,” LaFreniere said. “We lost one, 34 were loaded. We still have 14 up in the nose of trailer.”
The Beaver County Sheriff’s office confirmed the call came in at 11 a.m. Friday and Beaver and Forgan Fire Departments were dispatched. However, Chuck Lemieux of the Forgan Fire Department said the page was not received.
“I know the response time was bad because we didn’t get the page,” Lemieux said. “For some reason, it didn’t come in up here.”
Wilson remained on the scene and was able to drive his truck away from the damaged trailer. He was not injured as a result of the fire.