CEDAR CITY — Shortly before midnight Sunday, a driver hit a cow in a remote area of Beaver County.

This sedan sustained front-end damage as a result of a collision with a cow on state Route 21, Beaver County, Utah, Feb. 11, 2024 | Photo courtesy of the Utah Highway Patrol, Cedar City News

The person was driving a white sedan on state Route 21 and hit a cow near mile marker 36. The car appears to have sustained extensive damage to its front end and windshield.

The driver was reportedly able to transport themselves to the hospital with minor injuries and is “generally OK,” said Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Clay Allred.

Rural Southern Utah contains multiple open-range areas where people are likely to encounter livestock on the roadways, Allred told Cedar City News. To help avoid similar collisions, drivers should slow down while driving at night and use their brights when legal.

However, Allred reminds travelers not to blind others on the road.

“Give yourself plenty of ability to stop if there’s something in the roadway,” he said. “It’s hard to see at night, but it’s your responsibility as a driver in open-range areas to make sure that you avoid those animals. It’s not on the farmer. It’s on the driver because that’s designated open range.”

This report is based on statements from first responders and law enforcement officials and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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