12 Horses Die in Calgary Trailer Accident

Twelve horses died Friday when a stock trailer carrying 44 animals overturned onto the median of a Calgary, Alberta, freeway.

The driver, identified by The Canadian Press as Gordon Trach, lost control of the vehicle. He has reportedly been charged with careless driving, failing to produce insurance, driving with no license plate on the trailer, failing to notify registry of change of address, and operating a vehicle with the wrong class of license.

Bill desBarres of the Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada was quoted as saying the truck was headed toward a feedlot in Fort Macleod, where some of the horses would go to slaughter and others to new owners.

At the time of the accident, the fire department called on staff at the nearby Spruce Meadows show facility to assist. Several knowledgeable passersby stopped to lend a hand as well.

"I don't know if you could have had a more fortuitous process," said Ian Allison, vice president of Spruce Meadows' Television & Media Services. "A couple of the firefighters had obviously had some horse experience. They knew how to handle them."

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