One Person Injured, Three Vehicles Wrecked When Driver Hits Cow On Highway 97

May 23, 2020

One person was injured and three vehicles were wrecked when a driver a hit a cow Friday night on Highway 97 near Molino.

The first vehicle hit the cow on Highway 97 near Gibson Road just before 9 p.m. The front seat passenger in the vehicle was transported by Escambia County EMS to an area hospital. The driver and other passengers, both juveniles, were not injured.

The driver of a Nissan Versa slowed or stopped to avoid the cow in the roadway and was rear-ended by a Chevrolet passenger car. Neither driver was injured.

The cow did not survive.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating. The Molino Station of Escambia Fire Rescue and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office also responded. photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.


21 Responses to “One Person Injured, Three Vehicles Wrecked When Driver Hits Cow On Highway 97”

  1. Meetooo on May 26th, 2020 9:30 am

    Don’t have a cow @Fran

  2. Sedition on May 25th, 2020 9:17 am

    @Linda Kelly

    Too bad the cow didn’t moooove quicker.

  3. Linda Kelly on May 24th, 2020 6:58 pm

    Well I am here to tell you I hit a black angus cow said to be five months pregnant back six years ago on a curve on Hwy 97. I can tell you it was no picnic. Totaled a big SUV and Resulted in a head injury which later led to others difficulties. I got nothing but grief from hitting a cow standing in the middle of the road at 10 pm A black cow at that. The owner laughed and said he was protected cause he knew people in high places. He was right. I got nothing. Lost my car my job because I couldn’t return to work as a nurse. So all of you laugh and make jokes until it happens to you. I feel bad for the poor cow who I am sure suffered before dying. Also The persons injured in the accident and their property loss.

  4. Candace on May 24th, 2020 11:39 am

    When we lived there a few years ago we were told by our insurance company that as long as the owner is doing their due diligence to keep fences in good shape, there is no liability for the rancher. If a 2000 pound animal wants out, it’s getting out one way or another. Praying that everyone is ok.

  5. TR SPORT on May 23rd, 2020 7:30 pm

    Head ‘em up move ‘em out…..RAWHIDE !!

  6. Cliff on May 23rd, 2020 5:39 pm

    Cow was claimed. Jersey cow was seen earlier in day on Gibson and disappeared. Neighbors stopped and asked if I knew of anyone with a jersey cow. I did not , but found out someone had brought it to Molino yesterday to be sold.

  7. Sedition on May 23rd, 2020 5:33 pm


    Lighten up, Francis.

  8. Me on May 23rd, 2020 3:19 pm

    @ Fran

    Don’t read the comments if you can’t take a joke.

  9. Clement Piggott on May 23rd, 2020 3:10 pm

    Thanking God that those people all walked away from this alive.

  10. phillip on May 23rd, 2020 3:02 pm

    no one should have a cow over these lighthearted jokes, you need a tougher hide Fran.

  11. James on May 23rd, 2020 1:47 pm

    “Ensley boy” No Liability unless negligence can be proved against the owner of cow. Ranchers are protected in Florida.

  12. Sedition on May 23rd, 2020 12:57 pm


    I’d say they found the beef…the hard way.

  13. Fran on May 23rd, 2020 12:36 pm

    I cannot comprehend the comments here. Superfluous and cold. Zero compassion expressed. The farmer whose cow escaped will likely be sued/ held liable for all damages. Regardless of if the farmer or livestock owner was covered by insurance or not it is still a loss tho them.
    The drivers have lost function of their vehicles and have displaced mobility. One passenger was injured to the point of needing medical care which is also nothing to laugh or make jokes about.
    I imagine that all of these keyboard jokers were the very same that shield themselves with humor in high school as it appears they have yet to graduate. Shame. The world is already full of inequity and looks like it will continue as there is zero restraint on the tongue.

  14. Bob on May 23rd, 2020 12:34 pm

    I gotta a grill at home, where is the cow?

  15. Sherry Ewy on May 23rd, 2020 11:46 am


  16. O on May 23rd, 2020 11:41 am

    Holy cow!

  17. ensley boy on May 23rd, 2020 11:36 am

    Bet no one claims the cow. Liability issue.

  18. phillip on May 23rd, 2020 11:03 am

    instead of stopping in the middle of the road the Versa driver should have moooved over

  19. Barbara Agerton on May 23rd, 2020 10:37 am

    I always worry about hitting a deer, never a cow,so sad this happened,hope all recover,I suspect the Cow passed.

  20. Cuyon on May 23rd, 2020 9:00 am

    Where’s the “BEEF”

  21. Hmmm on May 23rd, 2020 3:34 am

    Really glad no one was badly hurt or killed and hope injured person is okay. Too bad the cow didn’t moove out of the road instead of udderly destroying those cars.

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