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Livestock car accidents on the rise

Published On: Sep 18 2013 07:29:43 PM CDT
OROVILLE, Calif. -

We first told you Monday night - about a couple who hit two horses with their van in Oroville.  The horses were killed but the people are doing okay.

The California Highway Patrol said there have been three livestock-related accidents in the past month just in the southern part of Butte County.

The most recent accident happened at around 8:15 p.m. on Sunday on northbound Highway 70 in Oroville, where a van crashed into two horses.

Kenneth Wahl, Linda Mullick-Wahl and their three boys were inside the van. One of the horses actually wound up through the windshield and in the passenger seat.

The CHP says there was a similar accident 10 days ago in Palermo... and one in Gridley earlier this month. Officers say it is common around this area and it's best to keep an eye out for livestock.

"Good driving practices every day, you should have that high visual horizon and keep looking for the unexpected," said Officer Todd Irvin.  "During night, it's the time you definitely want to pay attention; especially in this area.  If you get on a rural road, a black cow is very hard to see, so you want to make sure you're driving that speed limit and looking down the road."

The CHP says anything from cows to peacocks can get on the road. Officers warned that these animals could cause collisions -- even fatal ones. If you see any livestock on the road while you are driving, you are asked to call the CHP.

There were no injuries in the first two accidents but Wahls suffered minor injuries in that accident on Sunday.

The best advice the CHP said they can give is that if you are driving through a rural area at night, you should slow down.