Cattle Truck Driver Charged For Crash In SW Colorado

Police say the driver of a semitrailer carrying cattle that overturned in western Colorado has been charged with reckless driving.

The Durango Herald reports that Durango Police Sgt. Rita Warfield says driver Travis Phillips did not appear intoxicated at the crash scene. The reckless driving charge could carry a fine of $50 to $1,000.

He is scheduled to be in court in December.

Ranchers joined emergency crews at the scene of the Sunday accident to help round up about 80 cattle.

Warfield says she has learned that three of the animals have died.

Phillips was driving to Kansas, where he lives. A rancher who saw the crash says Phillips was driving erratically on Highway 160 before his brakes went out.

No other drivers were injured. Phillips had minor scratches.