- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 24, 2016

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy has been hospitalized after his patrol vehicle struck four cows that had wandered into the middle of the road in Roy.

The News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1s6zc3C ) that the 29-year-old deputy, who has not been identified, was knocked unconscious after the Sunday night incident and treated at a hospital for a concussion.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Ed Troyer says the deputy had been responding to a traffic accident when his SUV struck the cattle, which had escaped from a nearby farm.

Three cows died from the impact and one was euthanized.

Officials have not determined whether the cows’ owner will be held responsible for the incident.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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