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Two Loose Horses Cause Multi-Vehicle Wreck, Several Injuries

severely damaged car after crash

According to The Monitor, two loose horses run onto the interstate, causing a multiple-vehicle injury accident in Weslaco, Texas, on Monday night.

Details of the Freak Accident

Police say the two escaped horses may have been scared of the nearby sounds of traffic. The horses dashed into the middle of Interstate 2. An oncoming vehicle struck the first horse and a separate vehicle hit the second horse, according to The Monitor.

A third vehicle approached and crashed into the first horse, causing the vehicle to lose control and flip onto its side. Three people had to be extricated from the third vehicle. They received treatment for unknown injuries at McAllen area hospitals.

Another person in one of the other two vehicles received treatment at a local hospital via airlift, according to The Monitor.

Wildlife-Vehicle Collision Statistics

The following information is provided by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA):

  • The study estimates that between one and two million collisions between vehicles and large animals occur each year in the United States.
  • 95.4 percent of animal-vehicle collisions resulted in no human injury.
    • Approximately 26,000 injuries are attributed to crashes involving animals each year.
    • Collisions with moose and other large animals can have a higher likelihood of resulting in harm to the vehicle occupant.
  • Animal-vehicle collisions account for approximately 5 percent of all reported motor vehicle collisions.
  • More than 98 percent of wildlife-vehicle collisions are single-vehicle crashes.

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