The driver of a produce truck that flipped over on Interstate 40 after striking loose cattle near Shawnee Thursday remained hospitalized but was upgraded to fair condition Friday night.

The driver of a produce truck that flipped over on Interstate 40 after striking loose cattle near Shawnee Thursday remained hospitalized but was upgraded to fair condition Friday night.

A truck hauling 120 head of cattle westbound overturned early Thursday morning at McLoud Road, resulting in cattle running loose and causing several subsequent accidents, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

State troopers shut down the highway for part of the morning commute.

A 1997 Freightliner driven by Frankie Burton, 55, Oklahoma City, was eastbound when Burton swerved right in an attempt to avoid a cow in the road, the OHP reported, which caused the tractor-trailer rig to roll over onto its side.

The rig struck a Ford F-250 pickup in the shoulder before sliding and coming to rest on the I-40 eastbound on-ramp from McLoud Road.

Troopers reported Burton was pinned in the wreckage for about an hour before he could be extricated and transported to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City for treatment of head, internal trunk, and leg and arm injuries. He was admitted in serious condition, the patrol reported, but a hospital representative reported he was listed in fair condition Friday night.

The driver of the Ford pickup, Tyler Wilson, 24, Moore, and his passenger, Adam Taylor, 27, Warr Acres, both refused treatment at the scene for minor injuries, the OHP reported.

Cause of the collision involving the produce truck was listed as animal in the roadway.

OHP hasn’t released a teletype involving the cattle truck.

After the cattle hauler overturned and this accident occurred a few minutes later, troopers had both directions of I-40 shut down most of Thursday morning as crews worked to round up cattle and clear spilled produce from the area.

Troopers reported cattle wandered as far as five miles in both directions; others found a nearby field and began grazing.

McLoud Police Chief Tom Pringle said his officers also worked several secondary accidents on roads in the nearby city limits, including one involving a cow struck about a mile north of the highway.

Numerous agencies worked the accident scene, including Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputies, McLoud and Shawnee police, Citizen Potawatomi Nation police, Shawnee firefighters and REACT paramedics, among others. Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews also were on the scene.

With such a large-scale accident, an OHP lieutenant said they were fortunate to have no fatalities involved.

A few of the 120 head of cattle were killed as a result of the accidents, but troopers had no exact number of animal casualties.