NEW INFORMATION: Teen recovering after hitting three cows

By: Chris Verhyen, Joe Nelson Email
By: Chris Verhyen, Joe Nelson Email
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Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Augusta PD, Augusta-Bridge Creek Fire and Rescue, Osseo Ambulance and Mayo Helicopter. 

AUGUSTA, Wis. (WEAU) -- A teen is recovering after hitting three cows and a garage in a crash Monday night.

A worried Augusta mother said she sat at home waiting for her daughter to come home from the gym in Stanley, and soon decided to go look for her.

“I waited and didn't hear from her and didn't hear from her and then I heard the emergency sirens go and said a prayer,” Joanne Vest said.

“I was getting ready to go out the door, and the sheriff was knocking, and he luckily had a smile on his face, so I knew it wasn't a grave injury.”

Vest said the sheriff told her that her daughter, Alexa Gutshall ran into cows on Highway 27, and crashed into a nearby garage.

“I got there and you see all the lights, and you just sink a little farther into reality.” “Airbags were deployed, there was blood all over the inside of the car.” “They said she was talking and that was my first sign that, ‘Ok, she's conscious.’”

Alexa was airlifted to the hospital with a cracked jaw and a broken tendon on her hand, but was soon released, Vest said.

“We're just glad to have her.”

Vest said there were no text messages sent or received during the time of the crash, and investigators said it didn't look like she was speeding. The cows were severely hurt and had to be euthanized.

“She said there was some kind of memory of a dream of cows ... it didn't hit her that that's really what happened. And she said it's all black after that. “

Vest said Alexa decided to go to school Tuesday morning, but left after painkillers set in. Although the cows were out of place, she said it was no one's fault.

“It was an accident and I understand that and I hope that (the owners) believe that and know that I don't hold blame to them,” she said.

Vest said Alexa can talk with her jaw shut, but won't be able to eat solid foods for awhile and can't move her hand for at least two weeks.

The crash happened just before 9 p.m. Monday on the 9500 block of Highway 27 in Augusta. .

The driver was flown to the hospital. The vehicle and the house had severe damage but the people inside the home were not hurt.

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AUGUSTA, Wis. (WEAU) -- A teenager was airlifted to the hospital late Monday night, after driving her car into three cows in Eau Claire County.

It happened about a mile north of Augusta on highway 27.

The Sheriff's Department says a teenage girl was driving south on highway 27 when she hit three cows that had escaped their enclosure Sunday night.

The teen hit the cows then slammed into a garage.

Deputies tell WEAU 13 News the girl was airlifted to a hospital with unknown injuries.

It says one cow died on impact, and two others had to be put down.


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