A New Zealand farmer must be heaving a sigh of relief . . .
A Kaponga farmer is wiping his brow after a potential cowshed disaster was averted after a string of events which began with a late-night car crash.
The drama began when the driver of a car travelling along a dark, wet Manaia Rd about 10pm Friday failed to see the black friesian cow. The impact killed the beast which was thrown over the top of the car, peeling back the bonnet and shattering the windscreen.
The car continued up the road before smashing into a pole which caused a power surge to race along the wires into the farmer's house.
He discovered the same surge had blown up the cowshed meter board and set it on fire. To his relief the blaze melted a water line directly above and the water tumbled down and extinguished the blaze.
The series of incidents was relayed yesterday by Kaponga fire chief, Jason Hurley.
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The car driver, not believed to be badly injured, was very lucky, Mr Hurley said. He was taken to Hawera Hospital by ambulance.
"There's a few people who should be buying Lotto tickets."
There's more at the link.
I think someone's guardian angel was working overtime! (Clearly, not the cow's, though . . . )