A Verde Livestock Transportation semi-truck drove south on Interstate 17 on Sunday at around 1:22 p.m. local time. The tractor-trailer carrying cattle failed to slow down for congested traffic on the interstate due to an earlier motorcycle accident.
The 18-wheeler continued to sideswipe and rear-end 23 vehicles, according to the Camp Verde Bugle. Four drivers sustained moderate to severe injuries and were flown to a Phoenix-area hospital. In addition, 13 other patients sustained injuries and received treatment at local hospitals.
The interstate closed for most of the day, and the Camp Verde Bugle reports that none of the cattle suffered injuries in the crash.
The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).