Augusta (WQOW) - A teenager is recovering Tuesday after her car hit cows on a highway then veered into a nearby home in rural Eau Claire County.
The sheriff's department says the sixteen year-old Augusta girl was driving on State Highway 27 last night when she struck three cows on the road. The car then struck a nearby house. The girl was airlifted to the hospital, but school officials say she was back in class Tuesday morning. No one in the house was hurt. The cattle had to be put down. The sheriff's office is still investigating who owned the cows, and why they were on the road.
Press Release from the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office
Eau Claire County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched on November 11, 2013 at approximately 8:50 p.m. to the 9500 block of STH 27 reference to a motor vehicle crash, with injuries.
A preliminary investigation by responding deputies revealed that a vehicle, traveling southbound on State Highway 27, struck three cattle that were loose on the highway. After striking the cattle, the vehicle left the roadway and struck a house.
The vehicle was driven by a 16-year-old female from Augusta and contained no passengers. She was transported from the scene by Mayo Helicopter for further evaluation and treatment of injuries she sustained in the crash. The occupants of the home were not injured.
The vehicle and the house sustained severe damage as a result of this incident.
The three struck cattle sustained severe injuries as a result of being struck by the vehicle and had to be euthanized.
Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Augusta PD, Augusta-Bridge Creek Fire and Rescue, Osseo Ambulance and Mayo Helicopter.