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Cows to be killed after leading police on chase from I-76 crash in Jackson Township

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JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Mahoning County, Ohio -

Four cows, who managed to escape from a trailer, after a crash on the Ohio Turnpike in Jackson Township, could be up against the clock after leading law enforcement officials on a chase across the community for several hours.

A truck pulling the four cows flipped over in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 76 around 10:30 a.m. on Monday. 

Troopers were concerned after learning that the four cows escaped from the trailer and were wandering along the highway.

The cows walked to a nearby cemetery on Route 45 were authorities were trying to round them up.

However, attempts to wrangle the steers were unsuccessful. 

Officials tracked the animals to the Jackson Milton High School Football field but were unable to coax them onto a trailer. 

Nearby veterinarians and animal agents were asked about the possibility of using tranquilizers to capture the cows, however by the afternoon,  no one had been able to locate tranquilizers. 

Around 3:30 p.m. officers prepared themselves to shoot the cows in order to prevent anything more serious from happening, however, the cows were once again spooked off. 

Officials on the scene tell 21 News that the animals were on their way to be taken to market anyway. 

The driver of the truck wasn't injured, but a female passenger was taken to the hospital with a leg injury.

Eastbound traffic was backed up for about 45 minutes until one lane could be re-opened.

There's no word yet on whether any charges will be filed in the crash. 

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