Woman injured by cow

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A Gallup woman was injured over the weekend after hitting a wandering cow on N.M. 6 Friday night.

Los Lunas police said 41-year-old Arlinda Leslie was driving westbound on N.M. 6 at about 8 p.m. when she collided with a cow that was walking on the highway.

Courtesy of Los Lunas Police Department: A woman from Gallup, driving this 2012 Chevy Impala, was injured after she hit a loose cow on N.M. 6 in Los Lunas.

The collision, policy say, caused the cow to flip over the car and into the path of a school bus, carrying 12 members of the Gallup High School cross country team. No one in the bus was injured, but because of the damage caused by the cow sliding underneath the bus, arrangements had to be made to transport the team back to Gallup.

Leslie was airlifted to an Albuquerque hospital, where she remains in stable condition. Two other people in Leslie’s vehicle were not injured.

Officers determined that the cow belonged to the Huning Ranch, and just prior to the crash, Dean Nix, a ranch manager, noticed the cow had walked off the property and found on the shoulder of the highway.

Nix, according to a press release, had tried to warn motorists of the cow just prior to the crash.

Nix was issued a citation for animals running at large, which states, “Any person owning or having charge or control of any animal shall keep such animal on their premises.”


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