Cows escape injury after barn roof collapses

Posted: February 15, 2014

Disaster nearly struck a herd of about 100 cows Thursday after the wooden roof of a Richland Township barn collapsed under the weight of snow, according to officials.

Luckily, the bovine escaped unharmed, said Keith Schroy, Richland Township Fire and Rescue Chief. He said all the animals had been moved to a second barn on the property by the time his crew arrived at around 1 p.m.

No humans were injured, either, Schroy said.

"It was fairly basic," he said, adding that the two barns were relatively close together, thus limiting the length of the impromptu cow migration.

Schroy did not provide a name of the property owner but said it was located on Old Bethlehem Pike. The collapsed barn, he added, suffered significant damage.

That structure was older than the barn the cows were moved to, Schroy said, but he was not sure when it was built.

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