Arizona Train, Trailer Collision Kills Horses

Arizona Train, Trailer Collision Kills Horses

Two horses died this past weekend when the trailer in which they were riding was hit by an oncoming freight train.

Photo: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office

Two horses died this past weekend when the trailer in which they were riding was hit by an oncoming freight train.

Yavapai County, Arizona, Sheriff's Office Media Coordinator Dwight D'Evelyn said that on Nov. 11, Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene of an accident at a rural railroad crossing in Paulden involving a train and a truck hauling a two-stall horse trailer. Upon on arrival, Sheriff's personnel discovered that a the horse trailer had been hit by a freight train and was pushed along the tracks after the truck's driver proceeded through the crossing in the train's path, he said. The truck driver's name was not disclosed.

"Although his truck made it across the tracks, the horse trailer did not and was struck by the train's leading locomotive," D'Evelyn said. "The impact dislodged the trailer from the truck hitch pushing it along the tracks."

In addition to the two horses, a dog was killed in the incident. Another dog was injured but survived. The truck's 71-year-old driver was not injured in the incident, D'Evelyn said.

D'Evelyn said at the scene the train crew told Sheriff's deputies that they had sounded the train's whistle. The truck's driver said he did not hear the whistle and did not see the oncoming train due to the presence of ice on his vehicle's windows, he added.

The truck's driver was cited for failure to stop at a rail road crossing, D'Evelyn said.

About the Author

Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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