Originally created 07/14/01

Cow crashes through coffee house roof injuring man playing dominoes



ANKARA, Turkey -- Ethem Sahin thought his friends were kidding when they told him how he ended up in the hospital.

But they witnessed the cow fall through the roof of the coffee house where they were playing dominoes and knock Sahin unconscious.

"My friends told me later what happened. I couldn't believe it," Sahin told the Anatolia news agency.

Sahin's wife, Rahime, was equally incredulous.

"They told me that a cow fell on top of my husband," she said. "I thought they were kidding me. May God protect us from a worse accident."

Sahin was treated in the hospital for a broken leg and needed seven stitches to his forehead after the freak accident Tuesday in the central Anatolian city of Nevsehir.

The cow apparently wandered from the hillside where it was grazing onto the roof of the coffee house, which was built into the side of the hill.

The cow was not seriously injured.