Wagon Driver Injured, Horses Killed in Highway Crash

A man is in critical condition and two Percheron horses are dead after they were hit by an 18-wheel truck yesterday in Mississippi.

Bob Skelding, of Deerfield, N.H., was travelling across the United States in a homemade wagon drawn by his four Percheron horses. He began his journey in August "to enjoy this great country of ours," he wrote on his blog, wagonteamster.com.  

That accident occurred around 11:30 a.m. yesterday. Skelding was travelling south along U.S. Highway 45 near Shuqualak, Miss., when the truck struck his wagon from behind, completely demolishing the vehicle and throwing him clear.

Two of his four horses were killed upon impact. The other two are expected to recover under the care of a local veterinarian.

Although it was previously reported in a local newspaper that the 18-wheeler crested a hill and hit the wagon, Sgt. Mike Cain of the Mississippi Highway Patrol said that hill was half a mile back from the scene of the accident. "The visibility conditions created by that hill crest probably had nothing to do with the accident," he said.

Weather also does not appear to be a factor in the crash, as conditions were clear with partial clouds.

Skelding underwent surgery last night. Cain said his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

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