Six vehicles hit dozen escaped cows on I-29, county road

BROOKINGS – Six vehicles hit a dozen cows in a series of early morning crashes Saturday on Interstate 29 and another nearby roadway, according to the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident was reported at 1:20 a.m. Saturday and occurred on Interstate 29 near mile marker 145, north of the White exit, Assistant Sheriff Scott Sebring said.

“The Brookings County Sheriff’s Office along with the South Dakota Highway Patrol and Brookings Fire Department were notified a vehicle had impacted a cow while traveling at the above location,” Sebring said.

“It was found approximately 90 head of cattle had gotten out of a pen and some entered the interstate through a fence gate which was open and were standing on the roadway or in the ditch,” Sebring said.

“As the deputy was taking a report of the first accident, five more vehicles struck multiple other cattle. In total, six vehicles were damaged and 12 head of cattle were hit,” Sebring said.

The vehicles involved were a 2012 Volkswagen Passat, which sustained $7,700 in damage; a 2015 Ford Escape, which sustained $3,000 in damage; a 2017 Dodge Ram 2500 City of Brookings Fire Truck, which sustained $3,200 in damage; a 2021 Dodge Ram 3500, which sustained $6,150 in damage; a 2003 Cadillac Escalade, which sustained $6,150 in damage; and a semi – the South Dakota Highway Patrol took that report, Sebring said.

“One cow was hit on 471st Avenue and 200th Street. (The Cadillac Escalade) hit the cow on 471st Avenue. The total loss of the cattle is $11,500,” Sebring said.

No drivers or passengers were injured in the crashes, Sebring added.