44 cows died after five different commercial trucks on Highway 97 north of Madras struck most of them.
Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings says it happened last Thursday night just before midnight. "A large group of cattle, it appears that they breached through a fence, and they got onto Highway 97 about 14 miles north of Madras. There were approximately 50 cattle in the area, 44 of them died. A majority of them were hit by five different commercial truck that were traveling along Highway 97 in that area."
Hastings says the entire incident took just a few minutes and those cows that were not killed by the truck had to be put down.
The cattle were owned by the R2 Ranch. No truck drivers were injured; but Highway 97 was closed down for several hours.
Hastings says that while farm animals do get loose from time to time; having 50 cows get out was quite unusual. He warns all drivers to be extra alert when driving through agricultural areas, as from time to time animals do get loose. And if you see one animal, there is a good chance that another or more are near.