TOPPENISH, Wash. (AP) - Eleven calves that may have been chased by some animal onto Highway 97 were struck by two semi-trucks.
The Washington State Patrol says most of the calves were killed by the trucks about 5 a.m. Thursday about two miles south of Toppenish. Sgt. Ed McAvoy says ranchers who arrived at the scene had to kill a couple of injured animals.
The eleven calves, which were still being weaned, were part of a herd of 100 cattle that was chased through a fence about six miles away and scattered, possibly by some predator.
McAvoy says it was dark and raining when the trucks came upon the black calves in the road. The drivers could not stop in time. They were not injured.