Eight cattle had to be put down after two vehicles crashed into them on Highway 11 in southern Saskatchewan.

It happened on Sunday near Aylesbury, which is about 100 kilometres northwest of Regina, the RCMP said.

At around 9:30 p.m. CST, a sport utility vehicle travelling north hit a group of cows. A little later, a car coming from the opposite direction also hit some cattle.

Traffic was blocked in both directions for about two hours until the scene was cleared.

Local farmers assisted police with handling the animals. Eight injured cattle had to be put down on site, police said.

The two occupants of the northbound SUV did not require any medical assistance, while two from the car were taken by ambulance to hospital in Regina with minor injuries.

The collision remains under investigation, police said.