6 horses dead, 2 motorists injured in Ohio crashes

Nov 15, 2013, 4:40 PM

COVINGTON, Ohio (AP) – More than three dozen horses escaped from a western Ohio farm and caused a series of crashes early Friday as they wandered on dark, rural roads, leaving three people injured and six horses dead, authorities said.

At least five crashes were caused by the roaming horses beginning at about 3:30 a.m. near Covington, north of Dayton, Miami County sheriff’s officials said. Most of the estimated 40 horses that got loose were rounded up by later Friday morning.

The horses came from a family farm, possibly getting through a hole in a fence, WHIO-TV (
http://bit.ly/1ifh2mP) reported. A phone message left for the farm’s owner seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned.

Two drivers injured in the crashes were taken to a hospital and expected to recover. There was no word on the extent of the injuries to the third person.

“I had just turned my brights off and was coming around the bend, and (the horses) came up from the right,” said driver Douglas Sutton, who crashed into one of the animals on U.S. 36. “There was several of them. Nothing I could do. It was last moment, and I hit him. I tried to veer to the left, but it didn’t do any good.”

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Information from: WHIO-TV,
http://www.whiotv.com

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