Horse dies after trailer rolls in ditch

Emergency personnel work to remove a horse trailer from a ditch off 22 Road north of U.S. Highway 6&50 on Saturday. The trailer came loose from a pickup that was rounding a curve.



A horse died Saturday after a trailer hauling the animal broke free from a pickup, sending the trailer careening into a ditch.

Grand Junction Police Department officer Allen Kwiatkowski said a 33-year-old Telluride man had turned off U.S. Highway 6&50 and was heading north on 22 Road when a hitch pin apparently failed on the driver’s Dodge pickup.

As the truck took a curve in the road, the trailer went over an embankment and rolled on its top into a ditch, which had 3 or 4 feet of moving water.

Firefighters were called around 3:30 p.m.

Several of the vehicle’s three passengers jumped into the ditch and tried to move the trailer, while at least one man managed to keep the horse’s head above water for a period of time, Kwiatkowski said.

It wasn’t clear whether the horse drowned or died from injuries in the rollover.

The horse was valued at approximately $7,000, and a racing saddle in the trailer apparently washed away, Kwiatkowski said.

Kwiatkowski said the driver of the pickup explained he was driving to a friend’s ranch and had just won first place in a horse-related competition in Loma, prior to the accident.

The officer said there were no safety chains attached between the trailer and the pickup.


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