2 cows killed in collision with patrol car

Friday, November 14, 2008

An Elmore County Sheriff's Deputy struck a pair of cows early Friday morning, killing both of the animals and severely damaging his patrol car.

Deputy Ray Page was uninjured in the accident on Airbase Road between mile markers 4 and 5 at 5 a.m. Friday morning. His airbag deployed during the collision.

The area past the Chevron station toward the base on Airbase Road is open range, in which cattle technically have the right of way under state law.

"It was some black cows in the dark," Page said. "I saw some legs running by the side of the car, swerved, and hit the (other) two cows" with the front end of the patrol car. Both of the cows died at the scene.

Page said it looked to him like damage to the vehicle was extensive "and probably isn't recoverable."

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  • mt homes finest,jsut liek they dont see barb wire fences or speeding and missing a turn when its smokey

    -- Posted by geneo on Fri, Nov 14, 2008, at 11:36 AM
  • or ISP backing into people in parking lots

    -- Posted by EN0207 on Fri, Nov 14, 2008, at 1:35 PM
  • Airbase road is not exactly the road I would want to be free range. But, it is. It's too bad that is open range. I know a girl who hit a cow last year in about the same spot. Luckily she wasn't hurt either. She had to pay for the cow. I wonder if that rancher/owner is going to charge the Sherriff dept for the 2 cows. I think there needs to be more lighting out there and wonder if the area can be changed and not be considered free range.

    I guess the owner has a right to not care if the cows get loose in that area, being free range and all. I just hope no one is ever fatally hurt and the owner have that on his/her conscience.

    -- Posted by midea on Fri, Nov 14, 2008, at 1:59 PM
  • I swear I saw 3 cows lying by the side of the road around noon today!

    -- Posted by kariw on Fri, Nov 14, 2008, at 5:06 PM
  • You did see three! We passed them on the way to school this morning & just now. They're laying there w/ police tape wrapped around their legs. :S

    -- Posted by MommiezBoyz on Fri, Nov 14, 2008, at 5:28 PM
  • geneo - mt homes finest,jsut liek they dont see barb wire fences or speeding and missing a turn when its smokey

    EN0207 - or ISP backing into people in parking lots

    Are you two for real? Do you think that Cops or Emergency personel are not prone to accidents? Give me a break.

    -- Posted by Roy "Lynn" McCallum on Fri, Nov 14, 2008, at 6:11 PM
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    I have to ask if geneo or EN0207 have ever driven that section of road in the dark. You cannot see very far and regardless of who the driver is, you cannot predict when a loose animal will run out.

    As for the missing a turn when it is smokey. While I may not think highly of that person, at least he was trying to protect the citizens from harm. Have you ever tried to drive slowly in the fog or smoke let alone try it when attempting to save people? Something tells me not. I had to haul heavy equipment into an area that was on fire and I can tell you that you loose all perspective.

    Thankfully Deputy Page was not injuried. A vehicle can be replaced but a life cannot.

    I guess you two are perfect drivers and have never had an accident in your life.

    As for free range, there are many roads in the state that are this way. Highway 51 is the same way. Remember to watch for the free range signs when you drive. And I saw 3 cows as well.

    Lastly, Airbase is a state highway so they would have to be the ones to improve any of the conditions on the raod.

    -- Posted by Old capt obvious on Fri, Nov 14, 2008, at 10:00 PM
  • k for one oldguy

    ive lived in tm home all my life and YES I DRIVE IN THE DARK AND AND THE FOG AND IN THE RAIN AND IN THE SANDSTORMS. LIKE I SAID MT HOMES FINEST AT WORK. WONDER JUST HOW FAST THE OFFICER WAS GOING IF ITS LIKE ANY OF THE OTHER TIMES YOU SEE THEM SPEEDING FOR NO REASON. I ONCE FOLLOWED A SHERRIFFS DEPUTY WITH HIS LIGHTS ON SWERVING ALL OVER THE ROAD ALL THE WAY FROM BENNETT MTN TO HIGHWAY 30. SWERVING ALL OVER THE ROAD LIGHTS BLARING AND NOT EVEN RESPONDING TO ANYTHING, JUST LIKE THE VOLUNTEER FIREMEN AND THE REG FIREMEN THAT SPEED AND GO THRU STOPSIGNS WITHOUT EVEN SLOWING DOWN IN NO REGARDS TO THE SAFTY OF THE CITESENS OF MT HOME. ONE DAY EVEN SEEN A VOLUNTEER FIREMAN SPEEDING THRU A INTERSECTION WITH HIS CHILD ON HIS LAP. YEAH NO JOKE

    SEE WHOS LAUGHING WHEN THEY HIT AND KILL A PERSON INSTEAD OF A COW.

    -- Posted by geneo on Mon, Nov 17, 2008, at 8:04 PM
  • ECSE

    BET TEN TO ONE YOUR EITHER SOMEHOW ENVOLVED IN THE SHERRIFS DEPT OR A SPOUSE OF A SHEERIFS DEPUTY. NOT SAYING THEY ARE NOT PRONE TO ACCIDENTS JUST SAYING THEY SHOULD BE MORE AWARE OF THERE SORROUNDINGS. ONLY DIFFENCE BETWEEN A DEPUTY HITTING A COW AND ME HITTING A COW I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE BEEN GIVIN A TICKET FOR WRECKLESS DRIVING OR SOMETHING AND DONT KNOW WHERE YOUVE BEEN BUT THERE ARE BARBED WIRE FENCES ON BOTH SIDES OF AIRBASE ROAD SO IF THERE WAS A COW ON THE ROAD THAN SOMEONE BETTER HAVE BLM FIX THERE FENSE

    -- Posted by geneo on Mon, Nov 17, 2008, at 8:10 PM
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    Geneo,

    If you have lived in Mt Home all your life then you know that there are only two paid firefighters and the rest are volunteers. If you saw a volunteer fireman driving with a child on his lap, what did you do? Did you report him to either the police, the firechief or even child protective services? If you are so concerned about children and the public, then you should have reported this.

    If you did indeed follow a patrol car with sirens and lights on, then you had to break traffic laws and that would make you no better the officer you were following. It could be the call he was responding to was either handled by another officer or even cancelled. If you listen to the scanner, this happens more times than one can count.

    Concerning the fence, since it is a free range area, the fences are not required. Take a drive up Hwy 78 to Murphy, no fences just signs or even down Hwy 51 to Grassmere, same thing.

    And this is not the first state I have lived in that has open ranges. In fact I drove tractor trailer all over ND, in all types of weather, ensuring that missles could be launched if needed. Add into my driving experience, all the trips to other countries, and I have driven in just about any condition you could name from sunshine to blizzards to hurricanes to even sandstorms to where you could not see your hand in front of your face.

    Next complaint from you about those that protect you and your family.

    -- Posted by Old capt obvious on Mon, Nov 17, 2008, at 8:48 PM
  • *

    Last comment for me on this subject. So there I was driving down a two-lane highway at the posted speed limit. The sun was shining and the road was clear. All of a sudden I see movement out of the corner of my eye (off to my left and out in front of me). It was a deer that had climbed through not over a fence and decided to try and outrace me to a spot on the road. well we both met at that spot. The deer hit the left front of my truck, it's head caved in the windshield, bounced down the side of my truck. What ould I have done to avoid the deer... hmmm not much it was just an accident and we were both in the wrong place at the same time. Sounds almost like the deputy and the cows, wrong place wrong time.

    -- Posted by Old capt obvious on Mon, Nov 17, 2008, at 11:04 PM
  • I love it when out of state people who are here temporarily, try to tell us what our roads should be. If we should have open range. The fence can be fine and yet a cow can get through it. Some cows are just that way. Get over it! We are not going to change for the temporary people. We who live here permanent, like it.

    Suggestion: learn our state laws and rules. you buy the cow when it is open range whether it is on Hwy 30, Air Base Road, Hwy 20, or Hwy 78 or any other road. If you don't like it....go back to where you came from.

    -- Posted by WhatUknow on Wed, Nov 19, 2008, at 9:29 AM
  • I love how some one who once got a ticket for speeding can always find some reason that the cops are at fault. I am suprised how many people in this area are so uninformed about the things that are going on around them and the laws that effect their lives. Most folks don't know anything about open range and it's suprising how some got their driver's license with out actually knowing anything about the rules of the road. Oh well guess thats what makes horse races

    -- Posted by sagebrush on Wed, Nov 19, 2008, at 10:16 AM
  • In regards to geneo and EN0207...please remember that those folks that are "driving erratically" or "dangerously" as you would like to say…are responding to calls to protect you , your family, friends, ETC. And I am quite sure you would be the first to complain that they didn't respond fast enough if you were in trouble. They put there lives on the line daily to ensure you are safe from the scum of the earth. Rather than belittle them you should be thanking them daily for the services they provide. If you don't like the services they provide…move to Somalia…then you won't have to worry about the police, or any other emergency service, running rough shod over your rights that they protect.

    P.S. spell check is your friend...

    -- Posted by thatguy on Wed, Nov 19, 2008, at 1:14 PM
  • I drove past the dead cows on the way to the base and on the way back from the base in the early afternoon that day. I could have sworn that I saw 3 cows not just 2. 2 of the cows were facing toward town and 1 of them was facing the opposite direction. I didn't see any blood or glass or car parts in the road at all, and the cows were off in the ditch on the side of the road. It was strange, but I just thought that someone may have shot them or something.

    -- Posted by guesswhostalkin on Thu, Nov 20, 2008, at 8:34 AM
  • Don't have to look far back in the news to see where a pretty girl hit a cow on the road and was airlifted to the hospital. This can happen to anyone and it has happened to me but I was able to stop. Happened on the way down to Grasmier.

    -- Posted by beaverstore42 on Thu, Nov 20, 2008, at 5:01 PM
  • your all stupid and the cops are law breakers so enough said

    -- Posted by geneo on Sat, Nov 22, 2008, at 7:26 PM
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