SONOMA COUNTY (CBS SF) – Several cows were struck by a delivery vehicle west of Santa Rosa Tuesday morning after they escaped from a nearby pasture, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

The CHP got a call around 3:20 a.m. about cows on River Road near Olivet Road in unincorporated Sonoma County, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.

Responding officers arrived to find a chaotic scene involving 30-40 cows that had escaped from the pasture, Sloat said.

Four or five had been hit by a delivery vehicle, and two died, Sloat said.

The driver had left the scene by the time the CHP arrived, but later called authorities to report the collision and will not be cited, Sloat said.

CHP officers shut down the road and Forestville Fire Protection District personnel and Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies herded the cows back to the pasture, located near Woolsey Road, Sloat said.

The Sonoma County roads department removed the dead cows, and River Road reopened around 5:45 a.m., Sloat said.


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  1. Darwin says:

    These apparently were not the happy cows we hear about on the television ads, since they felt the need to escape. Since there were 30 to 40 cows this would be a mass escape. Do you know if they had planned this escape or was this merely an opportunity they acted upon? I think you should do some more investigation for this story. You might be able to crack it wide open. These cows may have been part of a cow trafficking ring and they felt the need to escape to avoid further crimes upon them and/or their exploitation. I really think you guys need to put Anna Werner on this story. I feel sure she could get to the bottom of it!

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