SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) – Police said Highway 75 was shut down both ways for over 10 hours Tuesday night after a crash that started with a cow in the road.
Dawson Spence said he tried to avoid hitting it, but it was too late.
“Out of nowhere I saw someone kind of swerve a little bit and all of a sudden, boom, my car contacted with a cow,” Spence said.
Spence said he was headed north on Highway 75, driving home from McKinney when it happened.
His wife, 2-month-old son, and three-year-old daughter were in the car, but he said everyone was okay.
“We’re really thankful that we were protected and someone had their hand on us,” Spence said.
Spence said he thought it was over, and was looking at the damage to the car.
That’s when he said he heard a loud noise.
“It was kind of like cannons shooting off on the Fourth of July, it was a big bang,” Spence said.
Police said a semi-truck passing by hit the cow.
“He went over the concrete barrier, he knocked the concrete barrier over and the back part of his tailgate kind of skidded onto the concrete barrier while his front end was there and I guess that flipped the truck over to the side,” Spence said.
Spence said he immediately called 911 and went over to pull the driver out of the cab of his truck.
“He was conscious and everything, he was bleeding really really profusely,” Spence said.
He said the semi driver had cuts around his neck and face and was taken to the hospital.
“It was crazy, a crazy night,” Spence said.
Police said it happened just north of Texas Instruments.
Officers said the north and southbound lanes were shut down for over 10 hours from when it happened just after 10 p.m. Tuesday night, until Wednesday morning around 9 a.m.
Spence said their car is still drivable, and right now his family is counting their blessings.
“We’re really thankful to be alright and to be home and be safe,” Spence said.
Spence said based on the cow’s tag, he found out it had traveled about 10 miles from Luella.
He made contact with the cow’s owner. The owner did not know the cow had even gotten out and felt sorry for its involvement in the crash.
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