WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A crash involving a tractor-trailer shut down Interstate 40 east in Winston-Salem, according to Winston-Salem police.
At about 3:20 a.m., a tractor-trailer overturned on the highway.
Highway Patrol confirms the truck was hauling about 40 cattle to Kentucky for processing.
The driver told troopers a deer ran into the road and he lost control.
The Winston-Salem Fire Department said some of the animals died in the crash. It is unclear how many survived.
Emergency management and a Forsyth County animal rescue team were helping.
The driver was not injured.
All lanes of traffic were closed near the Clemmonsville Road exit. The road has since reopened.
Traffic was being redirected onto South Frontage Road.