What Do Hamburger and Dominos Have in Common? Holy Cow!
There was no moon lighting a black night last Thursday, December 13, when Amy Hobbs was on her way home to Beaukiss west of Lexington, after spending an evening with her daughters at her mother’s house in Lexington. Mix a dark night with dark cows on the roadway, and you get a concoction that turned into “hamburger hash”.
At 8:20 p.m. last Thursday, Hobbs was traveling westbound on FM 696 near CR 308. As she traveled past the Jackson Store, she saw a set of headlights coming toward her, so she dimmed her lights. She had not traveled far when she suddenly came up on several cows in the roadway. She hit the first one, then two, then three cows, before coming to a stop in the westbound lane.
“I never saw them!” Hobbs said. “It was so dark and the cows were so dark, that I didn’t have time to react at all. Thank God I wasn’t going any faster and that none of us were hurt.”
Hobbs was traveling with her two young daughters. All of them were wearing their seatbelts.
Two of the cows were killed; one suffered slight injury. Hobbs’ 2011 Chevrolet Suburban suffered substantial damage to the front of the vehicle, as well as down the passenger side and to the roof, where one of the cows struck.
Then, at almost the same time, in the same area, another driver, Glenda Bentley, was traveling eastbound on FM 696, again near CR 308, when she came upon three other cows, apparently from the same herd that had escaped their pasture. She was driving a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo SUV. A witness to the accident said she, too, hit three cows, killing two and injuring the other to the point of having to be put down.
The DPS report indicates that as Bentley hit the cows, a 2013 Ford Explorer, driven by Ann King, was traveling behind her. When Bentley hit the cows, King hit Bentley, like dominos stacked in the road.
Everyone was wearing their seatbelts and no injuries were reported.
Hobbs said that she learned after her accident that Curtis Waggoner had between eight and twelve of his cows break through his fence after being spooked by something. “They [the cows] were obviously running scared,” she said.
While none of this clarifies the commonality between hamburger and dominoes, it does point out that when you have one, you may accidently come up against the other.
DPS Trooper Aaron Early investigated both accidents.