Update 1pm: A truck carrying about 400 sheep has rolled on the Great Southern Highway this morning, closing the highway and potentially killing and maiming many of the animals.
The truck rolled just before 10am in Peringalup in the Shire of Broome Hill-Tambellup, about 115km north of Albany and 340km south-east of Perth.
Initial reports suggest about 400 sheep could have spilled from the truck.
Shire chief executive Joanne Trezona said Great Southern Highway would remain closed in both directions until emergency workers had secured the sheep.
“They are awaiting some portable sheep yards so they can put the sheep in them. They’re expecting that will be a little while,” she said.
“There are some detours in place. As soon as the sheep are rounded up and everything’s cleared we will re-open the road.“Somebody told me they could see about 10 dead animals. If they’re bringing in sheep yards obviously there are a lot of them still alive.”
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