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Three horses killed in three wrecks

Drivers unharmed in Highway 53 accidents

            Three horses were killed after being hit by vehicles on Highway 53 West near Big Ridge Road last night in a string of three separate accidents.

   None of the occupants to the vehicles were injured.

   The accidents all occurred within a half mile of each other over a short span of time, but with the windy road, officers at the first collision could not see the other wrecks.

   According to Pickens Sheriff Office spokesman Kris Stancil four horses got out of the same pasture and wandered onto the road about 4:30 a.m.

   The fourth hourse was herded back into the pasture after it was discovered running loose. Deputies had already responded to the first call when the other two accidents occurred.            

  A pickup truck over-turned either after striking one of the horses or trying, unsuccessfully, to avoid it. One of the other vehicles was a transfer-truck. The third vehicle, also a pickup truck, only suffered minor damage, according to sheriff reports.

   In an interview this morning, Stancil said the owner of the horses was notified and came immediately to the scene. No charges are pending.

   Stancil said a livestock owner would be charged criminally only if it is shown that the animals were running loose because of neglect.


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