In a serious vehicular accident on Wednesday afternoon, October 30, 2013, a truck hauling U.S. team roping horses in a horse trailer veered off the eastbound Spur 557 merge ramp of IH-20. The big truck continued off the highway, striking a light pole, and jackknifed. The truck rig finally came to a stop, remaining upright, but the horse trailer containing the horses overturned and finally ended up on its side. The large highway light pole fell across one of the lanes of traffic. During the accident, a passenger vehicle became involved in the accident, sustaining some damage but nothing major.
The truck was on its way to Alabama after the U.S. Team Roping Championships in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Loaded in the trailer were four roping horses.
The Terrell Police, Terrell Fire, and Terrell Volunteer Fire Departments as well as the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident scene shortly before 1:00 p.m.
Emergency crews and road crews were able to remove one horse very quickly out of the wreckage. With the use of a tow truck, they managed to extricate the other three horses.
Injuries to the horses took the lives of two animals at the scene early on after the accident. One other horse had to be euthanized due to serious injuries. The fourth horse survived during and after the accident, and was emergency transported to the Equine Veterinary Services in Terrell, Texas, where it is holding its own at this time.
These horses were worth immense sentimental value to everyone involved with them. Reportedly the surviving horse is worth an estimated $200,000.
The driver of the truck survived with a head injury and was treated at the scene of the accident. According to the driver, there was some kind of a vibration sound just before the crash.
During and after the accident, traffic was snarled and backed up to FM148. On the eastbound side, traffic halted as well.
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