MANSON, Wash. - A Chelan County fire chief says a couple was lucky they weren't killed by a cow that fell off a cliff and smashed their minivan. District 5 Chief Arnold Baker says they missed being killed by a matter of inches Sunday as they drove on Highway 150 near Manson.
The 600-pound cow fell about 200 feet and landed on the hood of the minivan carrying Charles Everson Jr. and his wife Linda of Westland, Mich., who were in the area celebrating their one-year wedding anniversary. They were checked at Lake Chelan Community Hospital as a precaution. The van was heavily damaged, including a broken windshield.
Charles Everson says he kept repeating, "I don't believe this. I don't believe this." The year-old cow had been reported missing by a breeder. It was euthanized at the scene.
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It's not often you get to read a story that is as equally sad and hysterical as this one. My heart breaks at the thought of the lonely misguided cow stumbling off a 200-foot cliff, but how can you possibly visualize this situation and not laugh out loud? I know I for one get startled when I'm driving and a rock bounces up and hits the car. Imagine a 600 pound cow? Falling out of the sky? I'm willing to bet the couple decides to stay home for their anniversary next year.
Oh, and yes, this is just another reason why I love living in the northwest. Stuff like this just doesn't happen in New Jersey.