Cows killed, trapped in New York barn collapse

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Barn CollapseLori Van Buren | TimesUnion.com Newly cut hay is being blamed for a barn collapsing on a New York farm.

According to a report from News10, the barn came down early on Wednesday afternoon at a farm near East Berne, N.Y., killing at least four cows and trapping 37 more.

Fire crews from three areas departments joined officials from the Albany County sheriff’s department as they rushed to rescue the surviving livestock and stabilize the building. After removing a portion of the walls and the roof, crews were able to clear rubble, hay and search for the remaining rows.

Though the cause of the collapse is under investigation, Hurricane Sandy appears to have played little, if any, role. Instead, officials believe it was likely the added weight of new hay that had been stored on the second floor of the barn. Click here to read more.   



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