Stateline man injured in accident that killed 25 cows |

Stateline man injured in accident that killed 25 cows

by Kurt Hildebrand
A cow inside a cattle truck that tipped over and knocked power out to more than 2,300 people on Tuesday afternoon at Highway 88 and Mottsville Lane.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office |

A Stateline man was injured and 25 cows were killed in a collision between a cattle truck and a Subaru that knocked out power to about 2,400 utility customers in the Gardnerville area.

The wreck at Waterloo Lane and Highway 88 occurred at about 3:53 p.m. Tuesday when a southbound 2013 Peterbilt tractor-trailer loaded with 66 cows allegedly went through a red light, colliding with a Subaru Forester and then hitting a traffic signal light and a power pole.

The driver of the Forester, George N. Jaqua, 61, was hurt in the accident, and was flown to Renown Medical Center by Care Flight with non-life-threatening injuries.

The big rig was driven by Stockton, Calif., resident Grant T. Terpstra, 25, who was cited for failure to obey a traffic signal, according to NHP spokesman Trooper Chuck Allen.

The cattle that weren’t killed in the accident were herded into a nearby field. The cattle were being transported from Yerington to Escalon, Calif.. A brand inspector from the Nevada Department of Agriculture was dispatched to the scene to assist the NHP with the animals.

The traffic light at Waterloo and Highway 88 was broken in the accident and four temporary stop signs were placed at the intersection. Businesses along the Highway 88 corridor were without power for about two hours.

A traffic light at the busy Highway 395-88 junction near the accident site was down for nearly three hours.

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