Animals take toll on area vehicles

Patrol car totaled in wreck with cow

State troopers in South Milam County were called out to investigate several accidents in the Rockdale area during the past week, involving four deer and one cow.

The cow wreck, early Tuesday northwest of Rockdale, heavily damaged a Milam County Sheriff’s Department patrol car.

No serious injuries were reported in any of the crashes.

Trooper Donald Delukie said a vehicle driven by Trella Mueller, 66, of Spring, hit a deer at 8:20 p.m. Friday on Texas 36 south of Milano.

Undercarriage damage was reported.

Minor to moderate damages were reported at 7:10 p.m. Saturday in a vehicle-deer collision on FM 2116 south of Rockdale.

Driver was listed as Jerri Wilson, 28, of Belton, according to Delukie.

Another vehicle-deer collision was reported at 7:20 p.m. Nov. 3 on US 79 east of Gause, according to Trooper Mark Berry.

Damages were termed extensive.

Moderate damages were reported in an 11:40 a.m. Sunday vehicle-deer collision on US 77 north of Rockdale, according to Trooper Broderick Sims.

Driver was listed as Robert Fluhr, 63, of Guthrie Oklahoma.

A vehicle driven by Deputy Sheriff Paul Benton hit a cow just before 4 a.m. Tuesday on FM 487 east of FM 1600, about nine miles northwest of Rockdale, according to Sims.

Sims said the crash occurred on a curve, knocked the cow onto the windshield, struck the windshield and fell off to the vehicle’s side.

The cow was killed. Deputy Chris White said Benton was checked over at the scene.

White said Benton was on routine patrol when the accident occurred.

He said the patrol car, which was declared a total loss, was one of the older models in the f leet and was scheduled to be retired next year due to age and mileage.

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