Tennessee Trailer Rollover Accident Probed

Law enforcement authorities in Tennessee are investigating a tractor-trailer rollover accident that claimed the lives of three horses.

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, Tenn., Qualls said. Three of the horses died as a result of the accident, she said. Two other animals were reportedly injured. No further information about the injured horses was available.

The surviving horses were transported to the Dickson Livestock Market in Dickson, Tenn. Qualls said. The animals were later retrieved by their owner and transported back to Three Angels Farms, she said. 

Qualls said the truck's driver, Mance Frank Reed, stated that he fell asleep while driving, veered off the right side of the road, then lost control of the vehicle and it rolled on its right side.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing, and charges are pending, Qualls 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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