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Horse survives being thrown from trailer during I-75 crash


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A horse survived an accident that sent it sliding across three lanes of I-75 in Lexington Saturday morning.

It happened around 10am near the southbound split.

"I was in the center lane and all of a sudden I just felt a slam on my trailer and the next thing I know I'm on my side, the truck is on the side and I'm heading towards the cement wall," said Kennis Wilson, who was hauling the trailer.

Police say a woman driving a van rear ended the trailer. She told police she was fatigued at the time of the crash. The van went off the interstate and came to rest next to a tree. The driver was checked out but unharmed.

"The horse went spinning on the ground and took off across the pasture here," said Rick Purvis.

Purvis and other drivers stopped to helped catch the horse on the side of the interstate. Two of those other drivers were veterinarians for local equine hospitals.

"Didn't seem like he was affected in any way severely, he definitely had a bunch of bumps and scrapes on him but nothing major," said Lauren Javernick who is a veterinarian at Hagyard Equine Hospital.

Southbound traffic was stopped for a couple of hours while the scene was cleared and the horse, Kirby, was checked out and taken to a local equine hospital.

"He is gonna be OK," Wilson said. "There's no broken bones, he's walking on his own, he actually walked into the horse trailer on his own, so I'm happy."


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