Truck Driver Cited in Tennessee Horse Trailer Incident

A Kentucky man is facing multiple charges after the trailer he was using to haul horses from Tennessee to Texas collapsed just outside of Nashville, Tenn., last week.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Kevin Crawford said that at 12:15 p.m. on June 12, Scott York of Smiths Grove, Ky., was traveling on Interstate 440 transporting 37 horses from Three Angels Farm in Lebanon, Tenn., to a Texas location when the floor of the trailer containing the animals collapsed. One horse was humanely euthanized at the scene, he said. The surviving 36 were loaded onto another trailer and transported back to Lebanon, Crawford said.

York was later charged with operating a commercial vehicle without a commercial driver license, no commercial tag, log book violation, brake violation, defective tire, and unsafe operations, Crawford said. All the charges are misdemeanors.

York was unavailable for comment.

The incident is the second in recent months involving horses in transit from Three Angels Farm to Texas. In January, a truck hauling horses belonging to Three Angels Farm overturned on Interstate 40 in Tennessee. Three horses died as a result of the incident. The truck's driver was charged with multiple traffic violations in connection with that incident.

No one from Three Angels Farm was available to comment on either incident.

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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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