Police round up cattle after crash

Warren County Sheriff's deputy Mike Glavis directs traffic off the U.S. 340-522 intersection at Interstate 66, exit 6, on Monday morning. Northbound Interstate 81 traffic was detoured to I-66 east after an overturned cattle truck closed the highway for several hours while crews cleared the highway. Rich Cooley/Daily

STRASBURG – Northbound lanes on Interstate 81 near Interstate 66 were closed much of the day on Monday after a tractor-trailer crash.

State police responded to the single-vehicle crash in Frederick County shortly before 5:30 a.m., according to information from spokeswoman Corinne Geller. The vehicle, loaded with 33 head of cattle, was traveling north on the interstate when it veered off the left side of the highway and overturned in the median near the 300 mile marker.

Police detoured northbound traffic to the on-ramp to Interstate 66.

Emergency responders treated the truck driver, Derek S. Crabtree, 22, of Dante, Virginia, for minor injuries at the scene. Police charged him  with reckless driving.

Of the 33 cattle riding in the trailer, six did not survive the crash and six others escaped the damaged vehicle, Geller said. Troopers worked to round up the animals.

A VDOT plow scrapes the road along U.S. 340-522 north of Front Royal on Monday. Rich Cooley/Daily

Police asked a local veterinarian to come to the scene to check on the conditions of the injured cattle. The veterinarian made determinations on how to treat the animals and advised police on how best to manage the scene, Geller said.