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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.

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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