A cattle truck overturned in the area of I-435 and NE 96th Street in KC on Thursday afternoon.

It appeared that both lanes of the interstate were closed by 1 p.m. The crash happened at about 12:30 p.m.

At 4 p.m., the interstate was still closed between 96th and 108th Streets in both directions and traffic was still being diverted. Some were being diverted to Highway 291.

The highway reopened by 7:30 p.m.

Police said that at least 90 cows were aboard the truck. Some lived and got loose; others died in the crash. Some will have to be euthanized.

It seems it took longer to secure the livestock than expected, with police tweeting that there was still livestock on the road at 3:51 p.m. With the livestock spreading, the perimeter had to be expanded.

Police were using a drone to find some of the cattle, but there was no telling how long it would take for them all to be rounded up. They were hoping recover all of them before nightfall.

The truck was on fire briefly after the crash, according to view from KC Scout.

The driver of the semi was slightly injured.

Two cranes had to be used to turn the semi back on its right side.

There currently isn't any word on what caused the accident.

Click here to watch the archived livestream of the scene.

Ranchers, horseback riders, and at least one veterinarian did show up at the scene to help crews wrangle the cattle that got loose.

“Someone called us and told us there was a cow loose here 108th Street," said Aaron Brisbane. "Came out here and try to get them."

One woman living in the area said some of the cattle may have made it onto her property.

“We do have acreage and we do have a lot of woods in our backyard," said Rita Padilla Smith. "I will be looking to see if any cattle came up to our backyard.”

I-435 has reopened following crash involving cattle hauler.— MSHP Troop A (@MSHPTrooperA) December 22, 2017
Still cows on the highway! https://t.co/hY92HddW4y— Kansas City Police (@kcpolice) December 21, 2017
UPDATE: @kcpolice has extended the I-435 closure. Clean up/securing livestock taking longer than anticipated. I-435 NB closed at 96th street. I-435 SB CLOSED at Cookingham. Exits from Rt. 152 to NB 435 CLOSED. This likely to impact rush hour. Find alt routes!! @MoDOT_KC pic.twitter.com/iUsmRPvW2A— Kansas City Scout (@KansasCityScout) December 21, 2017
SHARE: Cattle on the loose near I-435 and NE 106th St. after a semi overturned. Traffic is shutdown on 435. Avoid the area. @KCTV5 pic.twitter.com/GDYl4jfk45— Rudy Harper (@RudyKCTV5) December 21, 2017
Overturned cattle truck causing closure of I-435 between NE 108th and NE 96th. Ranchers showing up to help. #kctraffic #kc @KCTV5 pic.twitter.com/OqxZrTFnaB— Rob Rhodes (@KCTVPhotog_Rob) December 21, 2017

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