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Man hurt, cow dies following Union Township car crash

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By The Valley Independent
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, 5:39 p.m.

A Union Township man was injured when he crashed his car while trying to avoid a cow in the middle of Finleyville-Elrama Road.

Edward R. Walsh, 58, of 81 McChain Road, sustained a minor injury to his left arm following the collision on Thursday, Southwest Regional police reported.

Walsh was operating his 1988 Buick LeSabre on Finleyville-Elrama Road and made the bend in the 4200 block when he came upon several cows standing in the roadway. He was unable to stop in time to avoid striking one of the cows.

The cow was severely injured and had to be euthanized and dragged off the road by its owner, George Powell, police said.

Powell, of 4297 Finleyville-Elrama Road, told police the cows escaped a fenced in area and wandered onto the roadway.

The roadway was shut down in both directions for about a half hour, police said.

“We've had situations with animals on the roadway like horses and cows, but I've never seen an accident like this before,” said Southwest Regional police Chief John Hartman.

“It was fortunate for us that the owner was right there and took the measures to take the animal off the roadway.”

Walsh's vehicle sustained major front-end damage.

Southwest Regional police were assisted by members of the Elrama Volunteer Fire Department and the Jefferson Hills Area Ambulance Association.

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