SPANISH FORK — Three cows were killed after a semitrailer carrying 78 head of cattle overturned while exiting the freeway.

The semi was taking the southbound I-15 off-ramp to go east on U.S. 6 when the trucked rolled over, blocking two lanes of traffic around 3 p.m. Friday.

The driver of the semi was speeding as he rounded the corner, which caused the crash, said Joe Dougherty, spokesman for the Utah Department of Public Safety.

A trooper on scene knew of a local cattle hauling company who had a truck equipped for carrying cattle that came to the rescue, Dougherty said. Within 30 minutes, the cows were corralled into the different truck.

"They kind of set up almost like a corral, or a chute system, for getting the cows from one truck onto the other one," Dougherty said. "You got to love it when people ... can do a MacGyver situation like that and say, 'Look, I know how to use all my recourses here. Let's do this.'"

The truck was uprighted with the help of two tow trucks and some cables, Dougherty said. Traffic was delayed for almost four hours. The driver of the truck did not suffer any injuries.

— Miranda Collette