Six cows were killed after being hit by a car on a busy commuter road in Staffordshire.
The cows were crossing the A51 Newcastle Road in Chapel Chorlton, near Stone, at around 6.45am when a Vauxhall Vectra collided with them.
Two of the cows were confirmed dead at the scene, but vets put down a further four due to their horrific injuries.
The driver, a man in his 20s, was treated at the scene for shock and minor cuts.
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Staffordshire Police said they were investigating the incident and a report would be sent to the force’s traffic processing office.
A paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance crew attended the crash.
The ambulance service said the driver was lucky to be alive and said the incident highlighted the dangers of rural roads.
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “The car was badly damaged, its driver was shaken but otherwise uninjured. Crews felt that had a cow gone through the windscreen – he could have been killed.
“This case illustrates some of the hazards drivers may face on rural roads.”
(Picture courtesy of West Midlands Ambulance Service)