A mother and daughter from Rehoboth got the surprise of their lives after trying to avoid two cows that ran in front of their car.

A mother and daughter from Rehoboth got the surprise of their lives after trying to avoid two cows that ran in front of their car.

“She actually hit a pair of them,” Rehoboth Fire Chief Robert Pray said. “She saw the cows and before she could react, she hit one of them. Then she heard something else and before she knew it, there was one in the back seat of the car.”

Members of the fire and police department arrived at the scene of the accident on Providence at 10 p.m. Tuesday and had a tough time determining how a cow landed in the back seat.

“I believe what happened was that when she hit them, they were both vaulted over the car,” Pray said. “And one hit the roof so hard, it crushed the roof and ended up inside the vehicle.”

“When we first arrived on scene, I saw the vehicle’s occupants standing nearby,” Pray said, “but I saw the car shaking and at first, I couldn’t figure out why. It was lucky the doors of the vehicle weren’t jammed so the people could get out and there was no one in the back seat.”

According to Pray, the car’s occupants received minor injuries, mainly minor cuts and bruises from the air bags being deployed.

The vehicle’s hood and roof were caved in, and the windshield was smashed. At first, rescuers believed the cow actually went through the windshield, but upon further investigation, they determined that would have been impossible.

One cow had to be put down and the other sustained minor injuries. Pray said the cows had auction tags on them and figured they escaped from the Hass Brother farm just up the road, where cattle is raised for beef.

“This is not a tame animal,” he said. “Once it calmed down, we had to tie and halter it.”

To get the animal back to its stall on the farm, it was left in the vehicle while it was towed to the farm. From there, rescue and police personnel opened the vehicle’s doors and it ran right into the holding pen.

Pray said in all his years of experience, he has seen many animals hit, but never seen anything like this.

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