November 10th, 2010
12:07 PM ET

Train kills 20 cows

A herd of cows wandered onto a railroad line at the wrong time Tuesday, and it did not end well.

A 6,700-foot Norfolk Southern train plowed through the herd in the darkness about 6 a.m., a statement from the Clark County, Ohio, sheriff's office said.

The train, which was traveling at 38 mph, killed 20 cows, the sheriff's office said. The value of the animals was not known, and the owner was not named.

The accident, which happened about 40 miles west of Columbus, disabled the train's lead locomotive and blocked a rural highway for three hours, the statement said. No humans were injured.

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  1. Andrew

    These cows had no idea what hit them!

    November 10, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve (the real one)

      But I do, it was a train!

      November 10, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • flyboy67109

      What was the last thing the cow said before the train hit? "Mooooo" What was the last thing that went through it's brain. The train!!

      November 10, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Blah

    How do you like your steak cooked?

    November 10, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chancey

    EXLUSIVE: McDonald's Hamburglar seen loading up cow parts into Mickey-D Van. Local McDonalds offers "Roadkill Happy Meal Buffet." Details at 6:00 PM...

    November 10, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. C Jones

    I "herd" they were on their way to Dallas as they were just signed to play for a famous football team...
    Yep, cow-boys are that bad...

    November 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hodee Cow!

    Order up!

    November 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. shane

    I was really hoping for pictures

    November 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dave

    It is all part of Michael Vick's cow fighting enterprise. These were the cows that would no longer fight.

    November 10, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bill

    talk about cow tippin

    November 10, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mike

    Maybe it was the chickens from Chick-Fil-A getting even for the "Eat More Chicken!" campaign!!!

    November 10, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JH

    The sad part is that this will likely be settled out of court (payment to farmer/rancher for losses) because the legal process and fees become excessive...

    November 10, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • klar

      Actually I bet the railroad sends the farmer a bill, his fault the cows were on the track in the first place. He just needs to learn to mend fence.

      November 10, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • justaguy

      During my tenure as an insurance adjuster I have billed livestock owners for damage to vehicles caused when they were loose and got hit on the road. No different here if the cows were supposed to be confined away from the tracks.

      November 10, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Patti A-R

    I knew it was a mistake to take the cowcatchers off the front of engines !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 10, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bill

    why didn't they have a cow catcher on the train?

    November 10, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • flyboy67109

      Because they only made hamburger. They never actually "caught" anything.

      November 10, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. micahel

    Where is Denzel Washington when you need him?

    November 10, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DYLANSDADDY

    Mooooove over bacon here comes something meatier. 🙂

    November 10, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. HazCat

    Where's the beef? Oh – it's over here. And there... and there... and...

    November 10, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
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