A week-late news release on a tractor-trailer fire that forced the detour of traffic on the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 has revealed that ten head of cattle died in the blaze.
The cows were being hauled early in the morning of Wednesday, January 16 in the trailer of a rig driven by 57 year-old Paul Sturwold, from Saint Marys. State police in Clarion County say Sturwold pulled the rig to the side of the highway when his cab caught fire, but he was unable to extinguish the blaze by himself. Clarion and Corsica firefighters responded to the scene.
Meanwhile, westbound traffic between the Strattanville and New Bethlehem exits was detoured for several hours onto Route 322. No indication was given that Sturwold was hurt in the incident.