Roadways in west Shreveport looked more like the Wild West after a truck hauling more than 100 head of cattle overturned on Interstate 220 Wednesday night.
Shreveport police officers and Caddo Parish sheriff's deputies spent the night and part of the Thursday morning conducting a roadside roundup of the loose livestock.
"We had loose cattle from the airport to Jefferson Paige Road, all the way to Walker Road," said Lt. Bickham with the Shreveport Police Department.
The sheriff's office brought in its mounted patrol to handle most of the cattle wrangling duties. They set up stock trailers right in the middle of the westbound highway and began corralling the wandering calves.
"Unfortunately, some of the cattle jumped off the bridge onto the roadway below," said Bickham. "Some of them had to be put down and removed from the scene."
Other animals remained trapped inside the overturned truck. The Shreveport Fire Department brought in its jaws of life to help with the extrication. However, a hydraulic line on the equipment broke, spraying one firefighter in the face with hydraulic fluid. He was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
Police say a car also hit one of the roaming cattle, but there were no immediate reports of any injuries in that case.
As of 6:30 a. m., the cleanup was continuing. Westbound I-220 remains closed until further notice, between I-20 and Jefferson Paige Road.
Story by Katrina Webber, KSLA