‘Bam’: Cow falls 200 feet, lands on minivan’s hood

MANSON — A cow fell about 200 feet off a cliff Sunday and landed on the hood of a minivan passing by Rocky Point about one mile east of Manson, officials said.

Charles Everson Jr. and his wife Linda escaped injury.

“It was just ‘bam’— you just saw something come down and hit the hood,” Charles Everson said this morning from his hotel room in Manson.

He and his wife are in the area from Westland, Mich., near Detroit, to celebrate their one-year anniversary, he said. They were on Highway 150 headed back to their hotel after attending a church service.

Everson, 49, said he didn’t actually see the animal until it hit — and didn’t realize what had happened until after the impact.

“I’m like, ‘I don’t believe this. I don’t believe this. I don’t believe this,’ ” Everson said, adding he repeated the phrase “about 20 times.”

The incident happened about 12:20 p.m.

Arnold Baker, Chelan County Fire District 5 chief, said the cow was a heifer he estimated to weigh about 600 pounds.

“It’s funny because it was such a close call,” Baker said. “Inches different and the couple in this car would have been killed.”

The cow, about year old, belonged to a breeder in the area who had earlier reported the animal missing, Baker said. The animal was put down at the scene.

The Eversons continued on about a mile after the collision before pulling over, and were taken to Lake Chelan Community Hospital as a precaution. The van suffered heavy damage, including a broken windshield from the force of the animal hitting the hood, Baker said.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Snohomish County submits application for Phase Two clearance

Officials expect the state will decide “fairly quickly” whether the county is able to proceed.

County staff urges ‘no’ on Point Wells development proposal

County Hearing Examiner Peter Camp could decide the fate of the high-rise project this summer.

Young firefighter remembered for drive, smile, compassion

Marcus Carroll, 23, was a Snohomish County firefighter. His body was found Monday after a hiking trip.

Why does a left-turn signal go green when no cars are there?

A commuter noticed the anomaly at an intersection on Everett Mall Way.

Edmonds mayor removes finance director with no cause given

Scott James joined the city in 2014. He’s the third department director to leave in the past year.

Suspected impaired driver crashed with Edmonds police officer

Both the driver and officer were injured Friday night and taken to Harborview Medical Center.

Six counties have applied to move to Phase 3 of reopening

They are among the 27 counties that are in Phase 2. Twelve counties, including Snohomish, are still in Phase 1.

Watch Gov. Jay Inslee’s Wednesday news conference here

He is expected to discuss a variety of topics, including the coronavirus outbreak.

Inslee embraces peaceful demonstrators, condemns looters

The governor activated the National Guard as protests continued Monday after the killing of George Floyd.

Most Read