Wandering bull cause two vehicle accident

July 31, 2015

A COW WANDERING ON THE ROAD CAUSED A TWO-VEHICLE ACCIDENT THURSDAY EVENING ON HIGHWAY 75 ABOUT TWO MILES SOUTH OF MAURICE. THE SIOUX COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS THAT 18 YEAR OLD JESSE DE GROOT OF ORANGE CITY WAS NORTHBOUND ON THE HIGHWAY, AND 24 YEAR OLD CALLAN SAWTELLE OF LUVERNE, MINNESOTA WAS SOUTHBOUND. DE GROOT STRUCK A COW THAT WAS IN THE NORTHBOUND LANE OF THE ROADWAY. THE IMPACT CAUSED THE COW TO END UP ON THE SOUTHBOUND LANE WHERE IT WAS STRUCK BY SAWTELLE. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED, THE COW, WHICH WAS VALUED AT 4-THOUSAND-DOLLARS, AND WAS ESTIMATED TO BE MORE THAN 1600 POUNDS WAS LOST IN THE ACCIDENT. IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THE COW HAD BROKE THROUGH A FENCE, AND WANDERED ONTO THE ROADWAY. THERE WAS APPROXIMATELY 6-THOUSAND-DOLLARS IN DAMAGE TO DE GROOT’S VEHICLE, AND 8-THOUSAND-DOLLARS IN DAMAGE TO SAWTELLE’S VEHICLE. THE SIOUX COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WAS ASSISTED BY THE LE MARS AMBULANCE, LE MARS FIRE DEPARTMENT, MAURICE FIRST RESPONDERS, THE PLYMOUTH COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, AND THE IOWA STATE PATROL.