North Fulton County

Loose cow creates traffic havoc on 285 in Dunwoody

DUNWOODY, Ga. — No, it’s not the first time there’s been a “loose animal” on a Metro Atlanta interstate. This time, it was on Saturday morning on I-285 west, just before Ashford-Dunwoody Road.

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If you were driving on that stretch of highway around 9 a.m. or so, no, your eyes did not deceive you. It really was a cow that you saw running against traffic for reasons nobody is quite clear about.

There were reports of a crash in the area and at one point, three lanes on the highway were closed.

We aren’t sure yet if the cow pictured above was involved in or the cause of the crash but it sure looks like he’s running from the scene of something. We’re pretty sure, though cannot confirm he was not headed towards the nearest Chick-fil-a.

It took several officers to eventually round up the wayward cow but after nearly an hour, things slowly began returning to normal. At this time, the highway is open.


Dunwoody police say the cow somehow fell out of a livestock trailer. Police say it took some help from a handful of officers and a citizen with a rope to finally capture the wayward bovine.

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