Tennessee Horse Hauler Charged

A Tennessee man is facing multiple violations in connection with a rollover accident that killed three horses earlier this week.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Dalya Qualls said that on Jan. 16 a truck hauling 38 horses in a single-level trailer was traveling westbound along Interstate 40 in Williamson County, Tenn., when the trailer overturned, blocking the road's westbound lanes entirely and shutting down I-40 traffic for several hours. The horses contained in the trailer were owned by Three Angels Farm in Lebanon, Qualls said. Three of the horses died as a result of the accident. The surviving horses were retrieved by their owner and transported back to Three Angels Farms.

On Jan. 19 Qualls said that the truck's driver, Mance Frank Reed, was charged with unsafe operation of a vehicle, failure to exercise due care, and driving fatigue in connection with the incident. Reed also received citations for brake violations as well as frame and tire violations on the trailer, Qualls said.

Reed was unavailable for comment.

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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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