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Animal rights activists want to put up a memorial to the cattle killed in a truck rollover – as the gruesome details of the incident emerged.
Mo Orr, co-founder of Vegans in Toowoomba, said the group wanted people to place flowers at the scene of the crash in the city west of Brisbane.
Ms Orr said she travelled to the scene of the loaded B-double cattle truck crash as soon as it happened at 5pm on Monday.
17 cows had to be put down after a cattle truck rolled over on to its side in Toowoomba, Queensland and animal rights activist Mo Orr wants a memorial to be set up in their memory to say ‘we’re sorry and we’re trying’
Speaking to the Fraser Coast Chronicle, she said: ‘It was horrific – there were cattle trapped, injured, dying and dead.’
‘It’s important (to put up a memorial) as nobody has seen these animals – they’re invisible.
‘We want to say to the cows that we see them and we’re sorry and we’re trying.’
She said she was told at the scene that the animals who survived the crash would be loaded onto another truck to be taken for slaughter.
The group estimated that 33 out of 66 cattle on board died in the crash, while police said 17 were put down.
Police said a further eight of the cows were unaccounted for by Tuesday afternoon, with some of the bovines escaping in the chaotic scenes.
Queensland police said eight of the cows were still unaccounted for on Tuesday afternoon, with the road having reopened on Tuesday morning
One woman said she was charged by a cow following the truck’s rollover.
The road was reopened at just after midnight on Tuesday morning.
Police investigations are continuing into how the truck overturned while turning left onto Cohoe Street from James Street.