Lt. White used his personal livestock corrals – more than 100 temporary corrals were brought to the scene – to help make it easier to move the cattle from the overturned truck to the county’s trailers. That proved to be very lengthy and tiring for all involved.
“Digging out the cattle was the hardest part,” Lt. White said. “They didn’t just walk out. They didn’t get up. They were all worn out.”
But the community spirit in the Blythe area is big, he said. “Thank God for friends,” Lt. White said. “When word got out about the crash, a lot of people dropped what they were doing and came out to help. A lot of my friends and locals showed up. I owe a lot of buddies some beers.”
In fact, Officer Mays was scheduled to be off on Thursday, but responded to Lt. White’s call for help right away.
The cattle were described as 400- to 500-pound dairy replacement heifers. The truck was loaded with 138 earlier in the morning. The owner of the hauling company handled the pickup and removal of the dead cattle.
“We’re very fortunate to have someone with Oliver’s and Justin’s skills when something of this magnitude happens,” Riverside County Commander Chris Mayer said. “The Blythe Animal Shelter crew are the true cowboys in our department. They’re invaluable.”