One Dead in Accident as Cattle Block Traffic in Frederick County, Virginia

February 15, 2016 Updated: February 15, 2016

A tractor-trailer carrying cattle overturned on Interstate 81 in Virginia on Monday Feb. 15, leaving some of the cattle wandering the highway and blocking traffic. The Virginia State Police have confirmed that one man died on the scene.

The truck, loaded with 33 cattle, was traveling north on I-81 in Frederick County when it ran off the left side of the lane and overturned in the median, according to the Virginia State Police. Charles Fueller, 42, ran into the left-rear of the tractor trailer, according to, dying from injuries at the scene. 

The adult male tractor-driver was treated at the scene for minor injuries and later charged with reckless driving.

(Virginia State Police)
(Virginia State Police)

Six cattle died from the crash, while another six escaped the damaged trailer and slowed traffic in the area.

A local veterinarian rushed to the scene to gather the cattle and treat injuries, along with emergency workers and troopers.

The tractor-driver initially refused medical treatment, but later admitted himself into hospital, according to

The police said the northbound lanes of I-81 remain closed, with traffic being detoured.