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IRETON, Iowa | A sheep on the lam in Ireton was killed in a one-car accident Saturday, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday.

The sheep was struck and killed in the road by a northbound 2003 Mini Cooper on Eagle Avenue driven by Jose Barrera-Vargas, 34, of Sioux City, deputies said.

The accident occurred at about 12:50 a.m.

Barrera-Vargas was not injured, but the sheep did not survive, deputies said. The car sustained $2,000 in damage.

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The sheep escaped from a fenced-in grove one mile north of town.

The sheep, which belonged to Howard Van Engen, of Hawarden, Iowa, was among 10 on loan to a friend in Ireton to graze on weeds and grass in the grove.

Van Engen did not know if other sheep got out too.

--Nate Robson

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Nate Robson is the education reporter for the Journal. He writes about issues impacting local school districts and colleges.

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