Loose Livestock

As chris roach drove down Highway 7 on his way home from work late one evening, he never expected what happened next.

"All of a sudden, I just smashed!" he said.

Roach hit a cow, a potential danger many East Texas drivers face while driving down country roads.

"You've got farms in those areas, rural areas, and people that keep a lot of cows and horses and other animals. And so just being on those type of roads would be an indication that you out to be on the lookout and be careful," Lufkin DPS Senior Trooper Greg Sanches said.

Law enforcers know being a defensive driver is important, especially at night. They also encourage livestock owners to take precautions so their animals don't get loose.

"There could be some liability involved in that if they're out here and they're loose. Especially if they know about it and they're not doing anything about it and a car gets hit. Especially if there's a death involved," Sanches added.

As for roach, his truck was totaled. But he's just glad he made it out of the accident with only a scar.

"I feel very blessed. I know that it could have been a lot worse, and even though I've gone through some financial hardships, I'm just happy that I'm alive."