Lost cow does not survive stroll on bridge in W.Va.

May 23, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The crew of a train came upon an unusual situation late Sunday when they noticed a cow's head bobbing over one of the rails of the track, police said.

The cow had walked up a railroad bridge over Huyett Road when it fell along the edge of the tracks and become stuck in part of the structure of the bridge, said Sgt. David Colbert of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

A train came up the tracks and was able to stop after the crew saw the cow struggling and swinging its head over one of the rails, Colbert said.

Police were notified of the situation about midnight, Colbert said.

The company that owns the train brought a crane from Ranson, W.Va., to lift the cow from the tracks, Colbert said.


The cow died shortly before the crane arrived, Colbert said.

It is believed the cow was one of about four that escaped a farm after someone cut a hole in a fence, Deputy D.C. Tabler said.

The farm is about a half-mile from the bridge, Tabler said.

It is unclear why the fence was cut, Tabler said.

Huyett Road is south of Charles Town off U.S. 340.

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