On May 22, a truck driver lost control of his rig carrying 36 cows. It partially tipped over on an overpass along I-80 near Hazel Crest, sending some of the animals plunging about 25 feet to the tri-state Tollway below. In all 16 cows died.
Now, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants IDOT to erect an official roadside memorial sign. PETA says it would serve as a tribute to the cow victims and remind drivers of their responsibilities.
A law allows relatives of human accident victims to apply for memorial signs.
IDOT tells the Chicago Tribune the application on behalf of the cows will be denied.