A cow roamed onto a North Carolina highway, causing a multi-car crash that left several people hurt, officials said. A 32-year-old man also was taken to a hospital after a car hit him as he tried to alert drivers about the loose livestock on Wednesday, Sept. 21, according to the N.C. State Highway Patrol. State troopers were called just before 9:30 p.m. to a crash on U.S. Highway 29. The scene was in Randolph County, roughly 75 miles west of Raleigh.
Officials said three drivers were traveling west when they “encountered a black cow in the roadway” and couldn’t dodge it. After hitting the animal, two of the drivers pulled over to the shoulder. The third driver’s car veered off the road and flipped, causing minor injuries to four people inside, state troopers wrote in a news release.
Also at the scene, a 32-year-old man was “walking along U.S. 29, attempting to flag motorists down to warn them of the danger ahead, when he was also struck,” officials wrote. He was seriously injured and taken to a High Point hospital. After that crash, a fourth westbound driver ran into the cow, according to state troopers.
Highway Patrol told McClatchy News in an email that troopers don’t know how the cow ended up on the road. The animal died, and its owner picked up the carcass. An investigation into the crashes closed one lane of U.S. 29 before it reopened about two hours later. The driver accused of running into the 32-year-old wasn’t facing charges as of Sept. 23, officials said.