Elderly man injured in cow attack at Amish farm along Route 44

ELIMSPORT — A man, believed to be in his 70s, was recovering from injuries he suffered Monday afternoon when a dairy cow — weighing at least 1,000 pounds — suddenly attacked him and momentarily pinned him against a wall in a barn at an Amish farm along Route 44, according to Elimsport Fire Chief Brett Ulrich.

“He (the victim) and his granddaughter were delivering a dairy cow to a farmer. For some unknown reason, the cow turned on him,” Ulrich said.

Firefighters from Elimsport and Clinton Township were dispatched to the farm about 12:30 p.m.

“The initial dispatch was for an individual suffering breathing difficulty. While en route, we were informed by the dispatcher that the patient was struck by a cow,” said Clinton Township Fire Chief Todd Winder, who responded to the scene in a township ambulance.

The victim was conscious and alert when emergency responders reached the scene.

“He was laying on the barn floor, and the cow had been placed in a pen,” Ulrich said.

The farmer and members of his family immediately came to the victim’s aid moments after the attack. The victim was taken by ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

“This is certainly not our first call involving a cow attacking someone. It’s par for the course. Working with farm animals is not without its risks,” Winder said.


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