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Annie Skeet Dies After Hitting Cows on Highway

Van O'Steen

September 20, 2013

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Black Canyon City, Arizona—Annie Skeet, age 71 of New Mexico, died in a bizarre chain of events early Wednesday morning.  Ms. Skeet and her two female passengers reportedly were northbound on Interstate 17 near the Rock Springs exit when cows wandered onto the highway.  Ms. Skeet swerved, but was unable to avoid hitting one of the cows. 

She stopped in the middle of the highway and exited her pickup truck to assess the damages.  The driver of a semi truck stopped to assist and advised Ms. Skeet to return to her vehicle and move it to the side of the road. 

Moments later, a second semi truck rear-ended the first semi, causing it to burst into flames and strike Ms. Skeet.  Both of her passengers were injured, one critically. 

Neither driver of the two semi trucks involved was hurt.  The owner of the cows does not know how they escaped their pen.  No charges are expected to be filed.

We extend our condolences to Ms. Skeet’s family and friends at this time of tragic loss for them, and we wish those who were injured speedy and complete recoveries.

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