Some Illinois Trailer Accident Survivors Moved to New Homes

Eight of the horses that survived last month's semitrailer rollover accident in Wadsworth, Ill., have been placed in new homes, and four more are scheduled to be adopted within days, according to Donna Ewing, president of the of the Barrington, Ill.-based Hooved Animal Rescue and Protection Society, the organization coordinating the horses' adoptions.

"We've placed eight of the horses most in need of medical care for wounds first," Ewing said on Thursday, Nov. 16.

The horses were placed with veterinarians' families within 15 miles of the accident site, and adopted in pairs, she said.

"We hope to place them all of them two-by-two to maintain their relationships" she said. "They've had enough stress."

Remaining adoptions should be complete within the next two weeks.

Meanwhile, Ewing said another of the surviving horses was euthanatized because of accident-related injuries.

"We had one mare with a fractured spine that had to be euthanized," Ewing said. "But the remaining 41 are doing very well."

The adopted horses were among 59 being transported in a double-decker semitrailer through Illinois on Oct. 27 when the truck's driver ran a red light and collided with a pickup truck. The impact caused the rollover. A total of 18 horses perished due to accident-related injuries.

Though the truck's driver was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident, no further charges have been filed in connection with the incident. For more on this story see

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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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