COVINGTON — The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that several cows were killed along U.S. Highway 278 Wednesday night and early Thursday morning between Dixie Road and Melody Drive after they escaped their pasture at Bricton Farms on Ga. Highway 11.
Georgia State Patrol Senior Trooper M. Little said he was called in to work the two most serious crashes, but said there was a total of six wrecks caused by the black cows out on the roadway between about 10:45 and midnight.
“I’m surprised nobody was killed,” Little said. “It was a mess, I can tell you that.”
Little said the owner of the cows said that about 40 head of cattle had escaped his farm and Little estimated at least 15 or 16 of those cows were either killed outright by vehicles or had to be humanely dispatched by deputies.
“The owner didn’t know what happened. Something must have spooked them,” he said.
The two most serious crashes involved a truck that was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 278 and hit three cows and a van, also traveling westbound, which hit and killed seven cows.
“It totaled both vehicles,” Little said. “The person in the van was injured and was treated on the scene and released.”
Little said Highway 278 was shut down almost two hours following the crashes.
Speaking of the visibility factor, Little said, “It definitely could have been worse. Every cow I saw was solid black so it was midnight to midnight.”