A Murfreesboro, Tennessee man who was hauling a horse trailer through Gallatin County in Kentucky has died in a horrific accident that also killed the three horses in the trailer. Jeffrey Givens, 51, was driving south on Route I-71 when his truck and horse trailer jackknifed around 8:30 a.m. on October 6, 2013 near mile marker 68. The accident-side of I-71 was closed for over four hours to clear the crash site.
Authorities have reconstructed the basics of the accident. Apparently, Givens was driving southbound in the left lane when the truck and horse trailer dropped off the road’s left side. Givens came back onto the road, but went into a serious fishtail that caused the trailer to jackknife. The rig’s momentum carried it across the road, striking the guardrails on the right side of the road. The truck overturned onto its roof and the trailer careened with force until it came to a stop, with the horses still trapped inside.
Givens was trapped in the truck and was declared dead at the scene. A passenger, 53-year-old Tim Taylor of LaVergne, Tennessee, was also trapped in the vehicle. It was necessary to mechanically extricate him from the truck. Taylor was taken by ambulance to University of Cincinnati Hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening. Both Givens and Taylor had been belted into their seatbelts.
The crash instantly killed the three horses.
The investigation of the accident continues.
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