GALT, Calif. (CBS13) — The California Highway Patrol is still investigating how a herd of goats found their way onto Interstate 5 Saturday night, triggering car accidents and leaving dozens of animals dead.

Some surprised drivers were unable to avoid the nearly 200 goats that walked onto the southbound lanes of traffic near the Twin Cities Road off-ramp, causing several accidents and inflicting non-life threatening injuries to one driver.

As many as 30 to 40 goats were killed, and officers were forced to euthanize some of the severely wounded animals who were still alive. Most of the surviving goats have already been returned to their owner.

The CHP said it appears the animals wandered away from property about 3 miles west of Interstate 5 and may have spent most of Saturday walking around until they reached the road.

“They traveled along the riverbed to get to the freeway and once they got there, [they] were able to make their way on the freeway,” said CHP spokesman Alex Manciu.

A faulty fence may have given the animals access to the interstate.

Manciu said the goats’ owner has been questioned as part of the investigation, but it doesn’t immediately appear that negligence played a role in the incident.

“We’re not looking to file any criminal charges, but it is under investigation and it could change at any minute,” he said.

Comments (116)
  1. kentex1146 says:

    How would I feel if I woke up tomorrow morning and learned that Las Vegas had a beach?

    Absolutely wonderful!

  2. Chicago Nick says:

    How did Bin Laden’s harem get loose? Is he hiding in some bathhouse out there is San Fran Freakshow?

  3. itisi says:

    Albert my fellow,you sound like a Right thinking man.

    1. lotsoflaughs says:

      If you haven’t checked out this blog yet you should…it has some really funny stories and it’s all clean and kid friendly stuff. http://www.jaredslighterside.blogspot.com

  4. Chicago Nick says:

    The cow goes moo, the cat goes meoww…the Goat and sheep go O Bahhh bahhh ma….

    1. Alice Polarbear says:

      VERY good!

  5. joe says:

    Don’t they know to only cross at the light?

  6. DJ says:

    Folks on a road that was quite remote heard
    Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
    Cars’ screeching tires as they smote the goat herd.
    Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo

    1. DJ says:

      O ho lay dee odl lee o, o ho lay dee odl ay
      O ho lay dee odl lee o, lay dee odl lee o lay

    2. jonesy says:

      That’s freakin funny as hell. Thanks for the laugh!!!

    3. 1984AnimalFarm says:

      great one

  7. TWBNick says:

    Oh, just go check out PETA. This isn’t the first time something like this would be caused by PETA.

  8. Prof. Frisky says:

    Were there any injuries to the 15 naked Arabic men chasing the goats?

    1. 1984AnimalFarm says:

      good one

    2. Olrik says:

      The lead goat was named Wazooli, the favorite dancing boy of the Grand Mufti…

  9. fredv says:

    Excellent – thanks, I needed a good laugh.

  10. ADM says:

    Another laugh from Planet Kalifornia. They probably fainted before they got run over.

  11. ed357 says:

    Was the lead goat named………

    JOHN?

  12. justlucky says:

    Maybe the goats were looking for a pot farm, since pot is legal in cal for medical use.

  13. Bubba says:

    “You must have the courage to change.”

  14. James Doan says:

    baaaaaaaaad news

  15. Ahcmed says:

    “Authorities Investigating How Goat Herd Ran Into Traffic”

    These MUST be California authorities, because they can’t deduce that they used their little goat hooves to run into the traffic. Great example of how good the public schools are in Cali.

  16. 1608poet says:

    The owner of the goats is liable for any damages, but the PETA angle should be investigated.

  17. Dean says:

    Cabrito for everyone!

  18. B ob says:

    George W. Bush was spotted in the vicinity of the accident shortly before it occurred.

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