High winds open pasture, 4 cows struck and killed

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VENETA, Ore. (AP) -- Four cows were killed in separate crashes after high winds blew open a pasture gate and the cows wandered into a highway.

No one was injured in the crashes on Friday night near Veneta.

The cows belonged to a Eugene-area meatpacking plant.

One of the cows was put down by an Oregon State Police trooper because of its injuries.

State police formed a fence with their patrol cars and spent about one hour herding the cows rest of the escaped cows back into the pasture.