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6 horses dead, 2 motorists injured in US crashes

November 15, 2013

COVINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say two motorists were injured and six horses killed in a series of crashes after the horses got loose from a western Ohio farm.

WHIO-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1ifh2mP ) that authorities say as many as 20 horses were still at large by dawn Friday. Three had been captured and one injured.

Miami County sheriff’s deputies say there were at least five separate crashes, the first one at about 3:30 a.m. Two drivers were taken to a hospital and are expected to recover.

Deputies are warning motorists in the area to be alert for roaming horses.

WHIO reports that the horses came from a family farm, possibly getting through a hole in a fence. A phone message left for the farm owner wasn’t immediately returned.

“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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