Tractor trailer hauling cows flips on I-85

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ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. - Emergency crews responded to an accident involving a tractor trailer carrying cows overnight in Rowan County.

All of the cows stayed in the truck when it flipped around 3:30 a.m. on Interstate 85 southbound, near Long Ferry Road.

Rescue crews had to free the 78-year-old driver -- who went to the hospital but is expected to be OK.

A wrecker had to pull the truck upright.

Troopers told Channel 9 that the big rig was heading from Lynchburg, Virginia to Gaffney, South Carolina.

Officials said 39 cows were in the truck and two of them died. The surviving cows were transferred to another trailer.

All lanes were back open around 5:30 a.m.

Troopers said no charges will be filed against the driver.