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Cow, driver trapped by wreckage in Lower Windsor crash
An SUV that veered off Cool Creek Road in Lower Windsor Township over the weekend landed in a cattle pasture — trapping both the driver and a small cow, a fire official said.
Emergency crews were called to the 900 block of Cool Creek Road about 11:15 p.m. Saturday, June 16, where they found a Jeep Cherokee off the side of the road in the pasture, straddling a small stream.
Craley Deputy Fire Chief Casey Smith said it appears the Jeep went airborne before landing in the pasture.
Damage to the SUV trapped the driver inside, Smith said.
"Also, a small cow was trapped underneath the vehicle," he said. "We were able to get her out too, and she walked away."
Firefighters from Craley and Wrightsville used hydraulic rescue equipment to cut open the wreckage and free the woman inside, according to Smith.
"We had her cut out in six or seven minutes," he said. The driver was then taken to York Hospital by ambulance, Smith confirmed.
Lower Windsor Township Police Sgt. Jim Thomas, who is the police department's current officer in charge, said the driver is expected to survive.
Thomas said officers are still investigating the circumstances of the crash.
Cow's head stuck: After freeing the driver, firefighters turned their attention to the bovine.
It took them perhaps another five minutes to free her, according to Smith.
Once freed, the cow simply wandered off and had no apparent injuries, the deputy chief said.
Smith explained that a portion of the wrecked Jeep was being held up by a small tree, which is what kept it from crushing the head of the cow, which was stuck.
Her head was stuck between the Jeep's frame and suspension springs, he said.
Also assisting at the scene were fire/rescue crews from Yorkana and East Prospect, Smith said.
— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.