The JFK Freeway in the Omaha metro area was closed to traffic for more than five hours Thursday after a cattle truck overturned. There were 57 cattle in the trailer and 44 escaped and were roaming around. Logan Allen lives just outside neighboring Council Bluffs, Iowa and knows how to handle a horse and round up cattle.
Allen says when he arrived on horseback he was first told that civilians were not needed for fear of being hit by a car. He told authorities he didn’t want the cattle shot because they couldn’t catch them and he has plenty of experience.
Before moving to the Omaha metro area Allen lived in Texas and New Mexico and rounding up cattle on roadways was all in a days work. He explained that the cattle had just been through a wreck and didn’t know what was going on. He says the cattle that got loose were used to seeing horses and they responded well to what he was doing.
Allen is basically a professional cowboy and trains horses for a living to do just what he did Thursday. Allen did have to keep a close eye on the clock while helping authorities round up the cattle. He had to make it to South Dakota for a rodeo later in the day.
The JFK Freeway was closed for more than five hours Thursday.
Photo: Nebraska Department of Roads