DAYTON -- Four horses died as the result of an 11:30 p.m. collision with a semi truck and two trailers Wednesday. Two of the horses were killed instantly, and two others were euthanized due to catastrophic leg injury, veterinarian Chuck Reeves said this morning.
The collision occurred on U.S. Highway 12 near the Long Station elevator about four miles west of Dayton.
Driver of the 1999 Kenworth semi-tractor towing two trailers was Samuel P. Hiskey, 61, of New Plymouth, Idaho. Hiskey, who was using safety restraints, was not injured, according to a report from Washington State Patrol.
The truck sustained about $15,000 in damages, and was transported from the scene by American Towing of Pasco, according to the state patrol report.
The dead animals were transported to a burial site by a state Department of Transportation truck, Reeves said.
Reeves said the last time he recalls an accident involving a horse and vehicle was over 30 years ago, when a car and a horse collided near the county road shops in Dayton. A passenger in the vehicle died as a result of that accident, he said. The horse survived the collision, but later died of kidney failure.
Reeves declined to name the owner of the horses, and Washington State Patrol reports did not give the owner's name.