THOMASVILLE, N.C. — North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to several car crashes after a cow was found walking the highway on Wednesday night.
The multiple crashes took place on US-29 near US-311 around 9:20 p.m. in Randolph County.
Officials said the drivers were unable to avoid running into the black cow.
Miguel Lopez, 62, and Dorrian Smith, 27, were in two of the cars involved in the crash. Both were driving westbound when they hit the cow. They were both able to pull over to the right side of the road after the crash. Lopez also had one other passenger in the car with him. Smith, Lopez, and his passenger were not injured during the crash.
Another driver Paul Prince, 60, was also driving westbound when he ran into the cow, sliding off the road, and overturning his car. He had three others in the car with him. They all suffered minor injuries, but were not taken to the hospital.
Pedestrian Shane Hill, 32, tried to warn drivers of the cow in the road but was also hit. He suffered serious injuries and was taken to High Point Regional Hospital.
Driver Byron Lattimore, 35, collided into the cow shortly after the other crashes. He did not sustain any injuries from the crash.
The westbound lane of US-29 around US-311 was closed for two hours during the investigation.