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A Hickman man was injured after his car collided with a group of cattle on Highway 77 outside of Cortland.

At about 8:40 p.m. on Monday, the Gage County Sheriff’s Office, Clatonia Fire and Rescue and Cortland Fire and Rescue responded to an injury accident involving cattle in the roadway.

Paul Bade was driving around the curve south of Cortland when a herd of cattle wandered onto the highway just east of SW Second Road. Bade’s Ford Taurus collided with several cows that had gotten loose from a property adjacent to the highway, causing extensive damage to the vehicle.

Bade was transported by Clatonia Rescue to Bryan LGH West in Lincoln for treatment of neck and head injuries, which were not believed to be life-threatening.

Both north and southbound directions of Highway 77 were closed by emergency crews for an hour while crews worked to remove debris from the highway and to investigate the crash. The Nebraska State Patrol worked to divert southbound traffic east on State Highway 41.

As of Tuesday afternoon, at least six head of cattle could still be seen dead on the side of the highway, with one in the center median, but Gage County Sheriff Millard Gustafson said he wasn’t sure if they had to be put down and, if they were, who had done it.

“We wouldn't know that because that would be after the fact,” Gustafson said. “It wouldn't surprise me because they said he rammed a bunch of them, so I'd imagine some had to be put down because that had to be a pretty good hit.”


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