Ga. cows blamed for series of accidents

COVINGTON — Authorities assessing the damage from a series of vehicles crashes caused by cattle say that 15 escaped cows were killed in the Newton County wrecks.

Authorities say tell the Covington News that more than 40 cows got loose from a pasture along Georgia Highway 11 around 10 p.m. Wednesday. They said that led to at least six accidents because drivers couldn't see the dark-colored cows.

Georgia State Patrol Trooper Moses Little says a Toyota van struck and killed seven cows. The van was demolished.

A Chevy pickup truck struck and killed three more cows. Authorities say three other animals had to be put down by a sheriff's deputy.

No serious injuries were reported.

Bricton Farms owner C.L. Cook says the animals were worth about $40,000.

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