Crash Involving Horse Severely Injures Couple From Burton
BURTON, OH- News-herald.com writes that two individuals from Burton suffered severe injuries in a collision that took place when their car struck a loose horse and another car.*
The wreck took place in the later evening when the victims were driving southbound on Tavern Road in a 2002 Toyota Camry. The Camry struck the horse, causing the car to then enter the northbound traffic lane. The victims crashed head-on into a 2014 Dodge Caravan. An 81-year-old man was driving the Camry with his 82-year-old wife sitting in the front passenger seat. The couple was rushed to the MetroHealth Medical Center via helicopter. The driver in the Dodge was identified as a 42-year-old woman from Burton. Investigating officers do not believe that drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident. No updates are available regarding the conditions of the victims. The horse died from its injuries.
Animals can create roadway dangers, and they lead to a number of wrecks every year. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, these instances increased from 1975 through the 2000s, but then remained fairly level. When it comes to deadly crashes involving animals, the most likely event is that a deer runs into the road. In fact, one study indicated 77 percent of fatal crashes that were caused by an animal involved deer. These collisions include any in which the initial impact involves an animal, although the reason the wreck became fatal could have been that the vehicle went on to strike another car or a roadside object such as a tree. Many animals factored into fatal collisions, including cows, horses, cats, dogs, and bears.
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