A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy was hospitalized late Sunday after his patrol vehicle ran into four cows in Roy.
The deputy, 29, was responding about 10 p.m. to a traffic accident with his car’s lights and sirens on when it struck the bovines in the 2000 block of 336th Street South.
“Several cows had gotten loose from a nearby farm and were in the middle of the road,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Monday. “The cows were black. It was dark and in a rural area.”
Three cows died instantly; the fourth was euthanized.
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The deputy was knocked unconscious and taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for a concussion. Troyer said the deputy will be out of work for at least a week.
His vehicle, a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, was totaled.
Officials have not determined whether the owner of the cows will be held liable for the wreck.
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