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15 cows perish after series of vehicle crashes in Newton Co.

COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities assessing the damage from a series of vehicles crashes caused by cattle say that 15 escaped cows were killed in the Newton County wrecks.

Authorities say that more than 40 cows got loose from a pasture along Georgia Highway 11 around 10 p.m. Wednesday. They said that led to at least six accidents because drivers couldn't see the dark-colored cows.

Georgia State Patrol Trooper Moses Little says a Toyota van struck and killed seven cows. The van was demolished.

A Chevy pickup truck struck and killed three more cows. Authorities say three other animals had to be put down by a sheriff's deputy.

No serious injuries were reported.

Bricton Farms owner C.L. Cook says the animals were worth about $40,000.