WeEscalon – February 28, 2017.
Escalon, California – California Highway Patrol, Escalon Fire Department, and Escalon Community Ambulance Services responded to a solo vehicle versus a cow. The accident was reported about 5:53 a.m. this morning and occurred on Lone Tree Road just west of Carrolton Road. California Highway Patrol is the primary investigating agency in this accident.
Upon arriving on the scene, emergency personnel found the driver was able to exit the damaged vehicle on his/her own, but looked injured. The driver was checked by Escalon emergency medical technicians on scene and appeared to have suffered unknown injuries. The driver was then transported by ambulance from the crash site to a nearby hospital. There were no other vehicles involved in the accident.
It was determined that the red Ford Taurus was traveling eastbound on Lone Tree Road when the collision occurred. The vehicle struck and killed a milk cow that was standing in the driver’s lane of travel. On impact, the cow was lifted off the ground and slammed into the windshield of the vehicle causing major damage to the car. After colliding with the cow the vehicle finally came to rest in the center of the roadway. It was reported that one or more of the employees at a nearby dairy may have left a gate open and the cow had wandered out into the roadway. There was low laying fog in the area as well, when the accident occurred.
There were moderate traffic delays to the morning commute to both east and west bound traffic on Lone Tree Road. The emergency vehicles, crashed vehicle, and dead cow were partially blocking the roadway. McDowell tow services was called out to remove the damaged vehicle from the accident scene.
WARNING: THE PICTURE OF THE COW LAYING DEAD IN THE ROADWAY MAY BE TOO GRAPHIC FOR SOME.