Car Flips After Hitting Cow In Eastern Oklahoma

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HASKELL COUNTY, Okla. (KFSM) – Ten people were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries Monday night (Dec. 8) after two cars collided with a pair of cows.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and emergency medical crews responded at 10:53 p.m. to Oklahoma 9 between Stigler and Keota in reference to the wreck, in which an SUV caught fire after striking the cattle.

"We were pulling over and slowing down to help them but by the time we had time to do that we were already in the air and flipping," Staci Blackburn said.

Blackburn's daughter-in-law Leah McDonald, told 5NEWS she and her family were on their way home to Fort Smith from Stigler when they hit one of the cows and flipped twice through the air. McDonald said her grandparents were among those transported to the hospital, as they received head injuries and minor cuts on their arms. The rest of the family were taken to the hospital later to have their injuries examined.

"My headache hasn't gone away I have some rib pain," McDonald said. "My husbands got a sprained ankle."

The trooper working the crash said the two cows likely got loose and wandered into the roadway before being hit by the Focus and a sport utility vehicle. The cows died at the scene.

The four people in the SUV were transported to a hospital in Stigler, while the family in the Focus were hospitalized at Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. All were treated and released.

“As we sat in shock of what happened, we realized we are all lucky to be alive,” McDonald said.

State troopers are still investigating the incident and trying to determine how the cows got loose and who they belong to.


  • Brittany

    whats sad is I called and told Haskell county police all these cows were out! They said they would see who they belonged too!!! Lies!

    • Leah Perruchon

      Brittany…state patrol said even if they are tagged they can’t be traced unless they’ve been vaccinated, I will get to the bottom of this. 10 people could have been killed because someone is too careless to fix their fence.

  • renee goad

    We live close to the wreck site and I heard it. Leah glad you and your family are okay. I understand why you couldn’t see them. You can’t hardly see anything there until you get past the underpass.

    • Leah Perruchon

      Thank you. It’s a miracle no one was seriously injured. I can speak for our car but not the other car. I have no idea the extent of their injuries

  • Fibromyalgia is FAKE

    I hit a black lab once at night. I’ve been driving for over 20 years and never caused an accident ever. Sadly the lab was killed instantly. At night, I don’t care how good your eyes are, you will run right into something in the road. I don’t place any blame on either car’s driver. Thank God no one was killed. A lady got killed near my house by hitting a cow in her mini-van. It was Mr. Willheit’s daughter.
    Hopefully they can find the owner and his insurance can put these people into another car and pay their medical bills.

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