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Horse Falls from Trailer on I-684

State Police said the horse was not locally owned, but was en route to stables in Vermont.

A horse fell out of a trailer Monday night onto the northbound Interstate 684 (I-684) service road at exit 6 in Katonah, and was dead minutes later, police say.

At about 9 p.m., State Troopers responded to a call from a witness who saw the horse tumble out of the back of trailer, said Paul Sansone, a Troop K State Police officer. 

The witness told police that the horse appeared to try and regain its footing but fell out and tumbled onto the side of the road. The driver of the car pulling the trailer was unaware that the horse had fallen and continued to drive on I-684 north. A second witness followed the car, which had Vermont plates, and flagged the driver down.

The horse was dead upon police arrival at the scene, Sansone said. The animal appeared to have died either upon impact or shortly after the accident. Sansone described the horse as smallish, with a dark coat and light-colored mane, unlike a large racing or thoroughbread horse. 

It was not clear how the trailer's latch became loose and opened up on the highway.

Sansone said the driver and owner of the horse were not local to the area. They were en route to stables in Vermont when the accident happened. After exiting the highway and looping back to where the accident happened, the owner became emotional upon seeing his horse, according to Sansone.

The owner requested that the state Department of Transportation dispose of the animal.

Bedford Police assisted at the scene. There were no road closures due to the accident, which was cleared by 10 p.m.

Denise L July 18, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Why wouldnt you tie your horse up while its in the trailer..stupid people..then have the police get rid of it?? really?? Sad..
Elaine Santos July 18, 2012 at 06:42 PM
so sad.
Ashley Tarr (Editor) July 18, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Very sad. If additional details become available, we will update the story.
Alison Carroll July 19, 2012 at 12:10 AM
My daughter and i were the witnesses in the car right behind. It was horrific and the poor animal tried to stop from falling by dragging it hooves on the road sending out sprays of sparks. I believe it died upon impact. My daughter sobbed all night.
Ashley Tarr (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 03:12 AM
That is just awful, Alison. I am so sorry you had to witness that terrible tragedy.
Denise L July 19, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Very Sad,,I would have cried my eye's out myself if i saw that...
Polaroidgirl39 July 19, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Yet another example of how many greedy people, when faced with the prospect of losing money generated by an animal, will readily dispose of an animal like garbage. In this case have someone else do it. I hope Karma catches up with you very quickly Mr. Vermont.
Charlotte July 20, 2012 at 01:49 AM
So how do you really expect them to dispose of the horse? It's dead, the life is gone. Have it drug up on the trailer and they haul it around for who knows how long in the heat, take it back home, hire a backhoe, dig a hole, drag stiff bloated horse out into the hole? And who is to say they could even BURY the horse at home? Where I live it's a 15k fine to bury a large animal on your property, have to take them out of county and buried somewhere else or take them to the landfill to be buried. Don't get me wrong, I love my horses, but it's not like a small dog or cat you can put in your fridge while you prepare a burial site. The logistics of disposing of a large animal are hellish.
Anthony Scafuri July 20, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Barnchief Having 2 horses myself ,My heart go out to the horse and owner. I know he or she will never forgive themself for not having secured the trailer correctly
Anthony Scafuri July 20, 2012 at 03:29 PM
SOME PEOPLE DON'T TIE THERE HORSE'S IN TRAILERS, BECAUSE IF THE HORSE FALLS WHILE IN THE TRAILER IT CAN BREAK IT'S NECK, BUT THEY SHOULD HAVE A BAR IN FROUNT AND BEHIND THE HORSE TO HOLD IT IN PLACE
Exlege Jones July 20, 2012 at 04:01 PM
You shouldn't forgive yourself for not taking precautions and preventing an avoidable accident which kills another being. An unavoidable accident is one thing, but it sounds like this was easily avoidable with a proper functioning trailer. Carelessness causing a painful, terrifying death of an innocent is another thing. They should have charged this person for the disposal.
Tom Maxson July 20, 2012 at 08:19 PM
The owner should have been issued a summons for either not securing the trailer door or for having a defective trailer door, whatever the case was. This was completely avoidable. Did the police even investigate this? In addition to the horse, I feel sorry for the poor people who had to witness this.
Dee July 22, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Well said Charlotte. You took all the words out of my mouth!! @Polaroidgirl39, do you even have a brain?
Dee July 22, 2012 at 12:31 AM
How do you know it was completely avoidable? How do you know that? I'm amazed that you can know that. Children have died because of accidents, so your saying people should always be fined for mistakes? Wow, talk about cruelty!
Dee July 22, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Again, I ask you too, how do you KNOW this was avoidable? I being a horse owner and have hauled many many miles can ASSURE you with horses anything is possible. Anything! This horse could have been backed up pushing on that door with his hind the whole entire trip until something broke loose. You KNOW nothing is what you know.
Tom Maxson July 22, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Dee, you're a raving lunatic. Calm down, recognize that a serious mistake was made, and make sure you don't make the same mistake.
Erin Crisante July 26, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Yeah you can tell who the experienced horse owners are! Yes it's very sad & appears to be preventable. But alas, horses are incredibly able to get themselves into amazing situations. Disposing of the body is also a huge problem. My sympathy to owner & witnesses! Erin

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