CHESTERTON, Ind. (AP) -- Police closed a stretch of Interstate 94 in northwestern Indiana for several hours after a semitrailer crash left cattle loose on the highway.

State police say the crash happened late Monday when a semi hauling the cattle struck the rear of a trailer on the interstate near Chesterton. The cattle trailer caught fire and broke open, with seven of the 34 animals inside escaping onto the highway.

Police say 16 animals in all survived the crash. The driver and troopers spent the night working to contain the cattle until another hauler could arrive for them.

Troopers closed both the eastbound and westbound lanes until after dawn Tuesday over worries the escaped cattle could jump the 3-foot barrier wall in the area about 10 miles east of Gary.

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