Cattle smash

Farmers are reminded to ensure their stock are properly contained after a collision on Lismore Road yesterday ended with a cow landing in the back of a Ford ute.

Farmers are reminded to ensure their stock are properly contained after a collision on Lismore Road yesterday ended with a cow landing in the back of a Ford ute.

A Warrnambool man escaped with minor injuries after his vehicle collided with two straying cows yesterday.

Sergeant Sally Slingsby of Camperdown Police said the incident occurred about 6.40am on the Lismore Road about one kilometre north of Foxhow Road.

“The Warrnambool man, aged in his 50s, was travelling north when the collision occurred,” she said.

“Two brown cows had wandered onto the road and the man hit them both with his Ford utility.

“One of the cows has gone over the bonnet and the ute’s roof before coming to rest on the rear tarpaulin of the ute’s tray.”

Sgt Slingsby said the driver was dazed and shaken.

“He came to an immediate stop,” she said.

“He was very lucky not to be forced off the road or roll the vehicle.”

The driver was taken by ambulance to the Camperdown hospital as a precaution and the vehicle was towed from the scene.

“It is a stark reminder to landowners to please ensure their stock are well secured,” Sgt Slingsby said.

“This accident could quite easily have had a much worse outcome – it’s only luck that it didn’t.”

She said eartags from the two cows had been retained and further investigations were pending.

“The owner of the cows is liable for the incident,” she said.

Camperdown Police, ambulance, Corangamite Shire and knackery staff all attended the scene.

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