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YAPHANK, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities and witnesses say a cow that escaped a farm was fatally hit by a vehicle Friday night in a rural section of eastern Long Island.

For a short time, a companion bull chased away onlookers before being corralled.

Newsday reports the accident happened Friday night in Yaphank, which is about 65 miles (104 kilometers) east of New York City.

Leslie Clay, who lives near where the accident happened, says she saw a bull chasing the occupants of the car that struck the cow. She let the fleeing man and his daughter into her home to call 911.

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A Suffolk police spokeswoman says the animal was struck about 8 p.m.

Clay says the bull also chased a responding police officer before running off.

The bull was corralled by authorities.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com