2 horses destroyed after I-95 accident

SUV pulling trailer overturns in rush hour

June 15, 2006|By RICHARD IRWIN | RICHARD IRWIN,SUN REPORTER

Two horses were humanely destroyed yesterday after an accident in which a sport utility vehicle pulling a trailer overturned on northbound Interstate 95 - tying up evening rush-hour traffic northeast of Baltimore, state police said

Two other horses were injured and taken to a horse farm in nearby Fallston. State police were still investigating the accident last night.

The driver of the Ford Excursion, accompanied by three passengers, was towing the horse trailer north toward a farm in Darlington when he lost control of the SUV about 3:15 p.m., two miles south of the Mountain Road exit, and it ran onto the right shoulder, said 1st Sgt. Russell Newell of the state police.

Newell said that when the driver tried to regain control, he over-corrected, causing the Excursion to flip onto its roof. The trailer came to rest on its side.

One horse was ejected from the van, and the other three ran out on their own, said state police Lt. David Perry, commander of the JFK Memorial Highway barracks. One horse ran off into woods at the side of the interstate, but was caught about an hour later, he added.

Newell said traffic immediately came to a halt or slowed, resulting in a backup extending several miles south. By 6 p.m., all four traffic lanes were reopened, Newell said.

Perry said the driver of the SUV and his three passengers, whose names were not available, were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

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