It’s Raining Sheep: Overturned Livestock Truck Carrying 400 Sheep Spills Animals From Melbourne Overpass Onto Terrified Motorists
A truck transporting hundreds of sheep overturned on an overpass near Melbourne, Australia Thursday evening, spilling its wooly cargo onto terrified motorists on the highway below.
The truck was traveling on the Princess Highway west of Australia’s second-largest city when it rolled off a bend and came to a rest hanging precariously off the side of an overpass. Dead and injured sheep rained down onto a roadway below, striking several vehicles and terrifying unsuspecting drivers.
“This is quite an unusual event,” paramedic Allan Eade told a local reporter. “We have a large number of deceased and injured livestock, a small number of injured occupants of vehicles. We have one car that’s rolled four time, we have three other cars that are extensively damaged from livestock falling through their windscreens and we have a truck hanging off the edge of the bridge.”
Rescue workers had to carefully right the truck, which still carried stunned and injured sheep. Only a handful of the animals managed to survive the accident.
Late-night motorists were shocked and confused.
“I was just driving straight, minding my own business, and then all of a sudden these sheep are falling down from the top of an overpass,” driver Robert Leardi told a reporter.
“I just thought I’m not going to be able to get around this, so I drove straight through it. I just can’t believe, at that speed, that I’m still standing here.”
“We could see the truck flip on its side and then the next minute we were underneath,” Christey Davis said. “Raining sheep doesn’t happen every day.”
There were no serious human injuries reported.