Cop Dies After Motorcycle Hits Cow

Cop Dies After Motorcycle Hits Cow

( 4UMF NEWS ) Cop Dies After Motorcycle Hits Cow:

An off-duty Texas police officer died early Sunday morning after he hit a cow that had been on the loose on a highway.

The officer was identified as Taurean Branford, 32, who worked in the vehicular crimes division, Houston Police Department spokeswoman Jodi Silva told FOX 26.

Officer Branford was traveling on his Yamaha motorcycle on Highway 99 in Katy, Texas, when a black cow wandered into oncoming traffic near FM 529 at around 1:20 a.m.

Harris County Deputy Paul Begley said Branford died at the scene after crashing into the cow and being hurled from his motorcycle, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Another driver was unable to see the cow and struck it, killing the animal and causing the vehicle to slam into the guard wires in the middle of the highway.

The driver of the car was not injured, Begley said.

The freeway was closed for an extended period of time due to the latest accidents.