Drivers on Dubuque Highway 61 in Iowa witnessed a grisly, upsetting sight of four dead horses lying in the median and on the side of the road.
The horses had been killed in consecutive accidents along a busy stretch of the highway. They had been struck in two separate collisions that happened one after the other at around 9:30 in the evening. The accidents occurred close to the Dubuque regional airport, near the intersection of Pitz Road, a particularly busy section of the highway.
According to sources, first a semi tractor trailer hit the horses. That collision with the four horses was immediately followed by a crash of a family car into several of the horses. Fortunately the adult occupants sustained only minor injuries despite the fact that the car rolled. The two-year-old child in the car was unhurt.
The horses died along the roadside, three in the median and one on the side of the road.
According to sheriff's deputies, over a dozen horses escaped from their pen at a nearby farm. Their owner managed to catch all but four of them – this small group of horses ran into the path of vehicles on the highway.
The four dead horses were not removed from along the highway until the farm owner used a front-end loader to cart them away.
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