Dozens of loose cows halt traffic for hours on Florida Turnpike south of Orlando

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A herd of loose cows shut down a portion of Florida's Turnpike in the central part of the state Monday afternoon, leading to massive traffic delays.

Efforts to corral the roughly 70 cows let loose during a truck fire brought all lanes to a standstill for more than three hours near St. Cloud, about 27 miles southeast of Orlando in Osceola County.

Dozens of cows were let loose on Florida's Turnpike after a tractor-trailer caught fire, causing massive traffic delays.
Dozens of cows were let loose on Florida's Turnpike after a tractor-trailer caught fire, causing massive traffic delays.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers reported a fire just south of the Canoe Creek Service Plaza at 11:38 a.m. EDT. North and southbound lanes were closed from there to Yeehaw Junction at State Road 60.

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The cab of a tractor-trailer driven by a Samson, Alabama, man caught fire, according to a statement from Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Tara Crescenzi. He pulled the truck off the northbound highway lanes and opened the cattle trailer to save the cows from the smoke and flames, she said.

Lanes remained closed as Osceola County law enforcement and state troopers gathered up remaining cattle until lanes were reopened, according to Florida Department of Transportation traffic camera footage. FOX 35 in Orlando livestreamed the shutdown.

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Law enforcement diverted southbound traffic to until the last of the cows were caught, Crescenzi said.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY NETWORK: Florida Turnpike: Herd of loose cows blocks traffic south of Orlando