Four Thoroughbred Yearlings Killed in Traffic Accident

Four bay Thoroughbred yearlings were killed this morning when they were struck by a car traveling along Mt. Horeb Pike in Lexington, Ky.

"Two of the horses were dead on the scene and two were euthanized at the scene," said Sgt. Pat Murray of the Lexington Police Traffic Division.

According to Murray, the accident took place about 7 a.m. when the driver of a 1993 Ford sedan struck the horses that were standing in the middle of Mt. Horeb Pike near the intersection of Chance Farm Lane.

Murray said road conditions were dry and the driver was observing the posted 55 mile per hour speed limit when the collision occurred.

"He was traveling at a normal speed," Murray said. "But being that the horses were bay in color, they just blended in."

The horses were among six being led from the paddock at Lane's End Farm Oak Tree Division located on Mt. Horeb Pike, according to Lane's End Farm president Bill Farish.

"Something spooked them--one stuck near the barn and five got loose," Farish said. "Four of the five made their way through an open gate and to Mt. Horeb Pike. They got about 200 yards down the road before the accident happened."

Published reports identify the driver of the vehicle involved as Andrew Jackson, 21 of Georgetown, Ky. Murray said the driver was transported to the University of Kentucky Hospital for treatment. No information regarding his injuries or condition were available.

No criminal or traffic charges have been filed in connection with the incident.

"It was just a terrible accident," Murray said.

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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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