A horse was injured and had to be euthanized after it fell out of a trailer on I20 and was subsequently hit by two vehicles.
Officers were called to the scene at about 3:40 a.m. today in reference to a horse that was observed walking in the eastbound lanes of I20 near Airline Drive. Before officers arrived the horse had been hit by two vehicles – a 1997 Dodge Dakota and a 2001 Ford Explorer. Police found the horse lying in the outside lane of traffic just east of Airline Drive. Neither driver of the vehicles was hurt but the horse sustained serious injuries. The collisions caused major damage to the Explorer and minor damage to the Dakota.
A short time later the owner of the horse pulled up to the scene and told police that she was eastbound on I20 in a pickup truck towing a trailer with the horse inside. A passing motorist flagged her down just east of Bossier City and informed her that the door on her horse trailer was open. Upon pulling over she observed that her horse was no longer in the trailer and then backtracked on I20 until she came up on the crash scene. She told police that she had stopped earlier at a location west of Bossier City to walk the horse and placed it back in the trailer before continuing on I20 into Bossier City where it appears the trailer door opened causing the horse to fall out.
Bossier City police dispatched a local veterinarian to scene who had to euthanize the horse due to the severity of its injuries. A crew with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development assisted Bossier City police with removing the horse from the roadway.
Police had to keep the outside eastbound lane of I-20 at Airline Drive closed for about 2 and a half hours while they worked the incident. No citations were issued.