Horses Rescued From 401 Crash

By Janine Belanger

(CHATHAM-KENT, ON)  On Tuesday evening, Chatham-Kent OPP officers responded to a collision on Highway 401, westbound near Communication Road, involving a pickup truck that was pulling a horse trailer which contained two racing horses.

The collision occurred when the pickup truck lost control and the trailer became detached from the pickup truck. The pickup truck came to rest in the north ditch, while the trailer rolled over and came to rest on its roof in the centre median. One of the horses remained safely in the trailer, while the other horse exited the trailer and began running westbound on the highway.

While OPP officers were making their way to the horse that had fled from the scene, an unidentified motorist in a tractor trailer assisted by traveling alongside the horse and keeping the horse contained, as it was running along the highway. 

OPP officers arrived moments later and were able to get the horse stopped safely at the CSX overpass.

Officers stopped westbound traffic on the highway to allow for another officer, who was on foot, to walk the horse to safety. The officer and the horse were escorted by an OPP police vehicle to the exit at Communication Road, then to the Provincial Offences Court, on Communication Road.

OPP officers contacted a local horse stable from Chatham, TJ Stables, who arrived at the POA with a trailer to transport the horse. OPP officers then escorted them to the crash location to safely collect the other horse from the trailer.

Both horses sustained undetermined injuries as a result of the collision. They were treated and released by a local veterinarian shortly after they were brought to safety.       

No injuries were reported by the occupants of the pickup truck.


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