Cow plunges off cliff onto moving minivan

SPOKANE, Washington Wed Nov 7, 2007 8:17am EST

Cows graze in a snow covered field near the southern Bavarian resort of Kochel am See, October 21, 2007. A cow plunged from a 200-foot (61-metre) cliff onto the hood of a minivan on a highway in central Washington state, according to police. REUTERS/Alexandra Beier

Cows graze in a snow covered field near the southern Bavarian resort of Kochel am See, October 21, 2007. A cow plunged from a 200-foot (61-metre) cliff onto the hood of a minivan on a highway in central Washington state, according to police.

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SPOKANE, Washington (Reuters) - A cow plunged from a 200-foot (61-metre) cliff onto the hood of a minivan on a highway in central Washington state, according to police.

The car's occupants, Charles and Linda Everson, were not hurt in Sunday's accident, but the cow was euthanized at the scene.

"If the cow had fallen a split second later, the animal would have landed right in their laps," said Jeff Middleton, criminal deputy of the Chelan County Sheriff's Department.

Middleton estimated the animal weighed 600 lbs (272 kilograms), or the average size of a mature cow. It had been missing for two days and wandered 5 miles from home near the popular Lake Chelan tourist area.

(Reporting by Megan Cooley)

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