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Multiple calves die after car crashes into barn causing fire

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Posted at 8:32 AM, Aug 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-03 18:41:58-04

TOWNSEND TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A barn full of cows caught fire early Saturday morning after a woman driving a car went off the side of the road and crashed into the building, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The crash happened just before 1:30 a.m. on SR 412 just west of County Road 268 in Townsend Township in Sandusky County.

Authorities said the 41-year-old driver was in a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu heading westbound on SR 412 when she went off the right side of the road, back onto the road, and then off the left side of the road and struck a barn. The barn went up in flames after the car caught fire.

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Witnesses helped the driver to safety. She was taken to hospital with non-incapacitating injuries, authorities said. Her condition is unknown.

Eighteen calves perished in the fire. Around 700 bales of hay and various farm equipment were also destroyed, according to the Townsend Township Fire Department.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Editor's Note: A previous version of the story stated that firefighters said the animals made it out safely. The story has been updated with new information provided by the fire department.