Horse dies after trailer rolls in ditch
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.