Deadly Lightning Strike Kills 19 Cows in Texas

August 31, 2016 07:54 AM

Nineteen cows are dead in east Texas after lightning struck the tree they were standing underneath during the storm.

“All of a sudden, a lightning bolt came down and the cows just fell,” said Victor Benson, who shared his eyewitness account with KLTV, an ABC-affiliate in Tyler, Texas.

The strike, which happened Sunday, killed about one-third of the cows that were in that pasture, according to the story. The ranching family that owned the cows said they’ve never personally encountered this type of loss from a lightning strike. 

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