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Driver kills cow loose on Airline Highway

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BATON ROUGE - A driver on busy Airline Highway by the Old Bridge recalled scary moments after crashing into a cow he claims was on its way up the bridge.

Rod Brew's truck is totaled following the crash with the 500 pound Aberdeen Angus Black Cow.

"Just hold on duck," Rod Brew recalls. "It was a real bad impact."

The cow had no tags or definitive markings to indicate who owned the massive mammal. It is unclear why it was roaming free.

A large cattle stockyard stands at the foot of the old bridge, but the owner told WBRZ all of his cattle was accounted for. He also said that all of his animals are tagged.

Although it's unclear where the cow came from, there have been problems in the past with cattle escaping from the stockyard. Two weeks ago nearly 15 cows escaped, causing havoc, wrecks and even caused law enforcement to send a helicopter in the air to search for the remaining animals.

"There was a concerted effort prior to this offense recently to get cows running at large beforehand," Hilton Cole, Director of EBR Animal Control said. "We have a report in writing from our officer that responded."

The report shows 15 loose cows caused the problems. Brew just wants to know who is responsible so he can bounce back from a bad situation.

"Just step up to the plate," Brew said. "People make mistakes. Just own up to it. That's my way of transportation. I need my truck."

The owner of the stockyard said because no one can prove the cow was his, he is not taking responsibility for it. East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control said it's unclear who removed the cow carcass after the wreck.

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