A distressing crash of a pickup truck and attached loaded horse trailer injured a Joplin man and cost the life of one of the horses on Saturday, October 26, 2013. The crash occurred at about 10:08 a.m. on County Route HH, west of Carthage.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol and Carthage Fire Department rushed to the scene.
According to the highway patrol spokesperson, Charles E. Goodwin, 56, Joplin, was at the wheel of his pickup truck heading west on County Route HH. Goodwin was nearing County Road 175 when his truck slid off the road and then overturned. The horse trailer overturned with the truck and remained attached to the vehicle.
Goodwin was aided by emergency personnel at the scene and taken to Freeman West Hospital for medical attention for his injuries.
Carthage Fire Deputy Chief Roger Williams said that the pickup was pulling a horse trailer which was loaded with two horses. The crews were able to extract one of the horses. The animal had sustained only minor injuries. He was removed from the scene of the accident for his safety.
Williams said that the other horse could not be extricated from the wreck. He said,
It was too badly injured so it had to be put down at the scene. It just couldn't be gotten out of the trailer alive.
Distraught firefighters were doing everything that could be done to try to save the horse. In the middle of having to euthanize the horse, they received another emergency call.
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