Tuesday morning, just pass midnight deputies with the Hesperia Police Department along with emergency crew from San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to a multi-vehicle traffic collision on US Highway 395, south of Main Street.
Upon getting there, officials determined that a semi-truck was driving south on US Highway 395 hit an abandoned motorcycle in the southbound lane of traffic.
The unexpected collision caused the semi-truck to cross over into the northbound lane and collide head on with another semi-truck.
The 2nd semi-truck, a Kenworth, overturned. The contents of the trailer had 32 head of cattle. The driver of the Kenworth was trapped in his vehicle and required extrication. Officials rescued him and the driver suffered moderate injuries during the collision.
The driver of the semi-truck carrying cattle was later sent to a local hospital for advanced treatment. The driver of the first semi-truck was not hurt.
As a result of the accident, 7 of the cattle died and 7 more were severely injured and were euthanized at the scene to prevent extended suffering. Only 8 of the cattle survived the accident and were rescued from the trailer with the assistance of several local ranchers. 10 escaped into the desert.
With the assistance of City of Hesperia Animal Control and the local ranchers the 10 escaped cattle were found and rounded up.
Investigators believe that for unknown reasons, the motorcycle was abandoned in the roadway. Police are actively attempting to identify the driver who fled the scene prior to or at the time of the accident.
US Highway 395 remained closed while Caltrans conducted extensive hazmat recovery and tow companies removed the debris. Just after 2:00pm CalTrans District 8 tweeted that Highway 395 was back open for motorists.
Anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to contact Deputy T. Rogoff at the Hesperia Station.