Horses Struck, Killed on I-280 Near Stanford

One car overturned after striking an animal

Saturday, Dec 29, 2012  |  Updated 12:29 PM PDT
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Horses Struck, Killed on I-280 Near Stanford

Three horses were killed after they got onto northbound Interstate Highway 280 near Stanford this morning, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The horses were first reported on the highway near Alpine Road at 4:50 a.m., according to CHP Officer James Evans.

A vehicle reportedly hit one or more of the horses shortly thereafter, followed by a second vehicle that hit one of the horses that was down in the slow lane, Evans said.

The second vehicle overturned after hitting a horse. One vehicle occupant complained of pain and was taken to Stanford Hospital, Evans said.

A Sig-alert was issued at 5:46 a.m., shutting down northbound traffic until the alert was canceled just before 7 a.m., Evans said. County animal control officials responded to the scene and the horses were towed off the road, Evans said.

Although three horses were killed on the roadway, a fourth horse was found alive down the road, apparently unharmed, Evans said. Evans said authorities are trying to track down the horses' owner.

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