Provincial police are warning motorists to be on the lookout for cattle that escaped after a tractor-trailer crash on Highway 17, west of White River, early Sunday afternoon.

The highway was closed for three hours while emergency crews and tow trucks cleaned up the scene. The Ministry of the Environment was consulted regarding possible diesel fuel leak from the fuel tank of the transports.

Two of the transports were carrying livestock — and several of the cattle escaped from the trailers.

OPP report crews will be on scene removing the transports, as well as cattle, over the next few days.

“Please use caution when travelling in the area,” an OPP news release stated.

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Two transports carrying cattle were among four involved in a crash on Highway 17 near White River, on Sunday. (Margot Freitag/Facebook)

“The public is reminded that any cattle that have wandered from the scene are still the property of the owner and no one is to remove any of this property until the scene is released by the owner.”

A total of four tractor-trailers were involved in the crash.

OPP said a westbound transport lost control while attempting to round a curve and jackknifed, blocking the highway. A westbound transport following the first one swerved to avoid the crash and entered the westbound ditch.

Two more transports traveling east entered the eastbound ditch as they tried to avoid the jack-knifed tractor-trailer.

Visibility was poor due to blowing snow, police said.

The drivers of the vehicles were transported to hospital, treated for minor injuries and released.