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Freak horse barn area accident takes life of elderly woman

Image of a horse trailer - not the one used in the accident
Image of a horse trailer - not the one used in the accident
Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

A woman died in a freak accident on the evening of Friday, Aug. 15, at a Shelby County casino and horse racing track. The deceased female, an older woman, was in the horse barn area with her husband when the accident occurred at about 6:30 in the evening. The names of neither husband nor his deceased wife have been made public pending family notification.

According to the Indy Star and the Shelbyville Police Department, the woman somehow became jammed between the truck driven by her husband and a horse trailer he was attempting to hitch to that truck.

Based on the police statement, the incident happened at the Indiana Grand Racing and Casino. The accident resulted when the wife became “pinned between the truck and the trailer.”

The husband has undergone testing for alcohol and drugs, but at this time it is not believed these intoxicants are an issue in this situation.

A statement was released after the accident by Indiana Grand Racing and Casino.

It reads, in part:

A tragic accident occurred tonight in the barn area of the Indiana Grand Race Course as members of a family-owned racing business were operating their vehicular equipment. Indiana Grand officials are working in conjunction with local and state authorities as they investigate, and as details are confirmed they will be made public through their respective offices.

On behalf of the family’s privacy, authorities are declining to release further information at this time.

Grand Race Course also stated that they are deeply saddened by this racing family’s loss. Thoughts and prayers are extended to the family for their terrible loss.

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