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Cows Escape After Slaughterhouse-Bound Truck Overturns

07/22/10 11:47 PM ET   AP

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Police say 12 cows being driven to the slaughterhouse made a break for freedom when the truck that was transporting them overturned in west Michigan.

Police say the bovine escapees hoofed it over highway guardrails, forced traffic detours and caused at least one accident.

The 42-year-old truck driver suffered minor injuries in the accident in Kent County about 4 a.m. Wednesday.

All but five of the fugitive cattle had been rounded up by Thursday morning.

The animals from a farm in Farwell, Mich., had been destined to end their days at a slaughterhouse in Milwaukee.

Michigan State Police Trooper Joe Young said when all the animals are captured they will be euthanized.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, http://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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