A five-seater car was damaged heavily after crashing into a cow crossing the road on the National Highway No1A in Kỳ Trinh Ward, Kỳ Anh Town, central province of Hà Tĩnh.
The driver of the car was not injured but the cow, weighing about 80 kilos reportedly died at spot.
But who was to blame? The jaywalking cow or the driver? And who will pay for the damage to the car?
An official of Kỳ Trinh Ward People’s Committee told online newspaper vnexpress.net that no one arrived to claim ownership over the cow.
“After the crash, local authorities used loudspeaker to tell people about what happened and call on the owner of the cow to come forward,” he said, adding that it is not the first time a similar incident happened in the same spot.
Nobody came forward to admit they owned the cow - which is not surprising considering they would be fined about VNĐ100,000 (US$4.3) for letting cattle roam free on road and more notably, they would have to compensate car driver with much bigger sum, the official explained.
“As local authorities didn’t know who owns the cow, we sold it for a local family for VNĐ4 million which is later added to local State budget,” he said. — VNS