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Copied from Oregon State Police News Releases

Horse Trapped in Overturned Trailer Extricated by Firefighters With Only Scrapes - Interstate 5 south of Albany

August 16, 2013

A horse had only minor scrapes and cuts after being extricated by firefighters Friday morning when trapped inside an overturned trailer along the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 south of Albany.

On August 16, 2013 at approximately 11:40 a.m., a pickup pulling a horse trailer driven by KYLA HENNINGER, age 18, from Eugene, was northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 222. While driving over a bridge, the trailer unhooked from the hitch and swayed side-to-side as it flipped onto its side before HENNINGER stopped on the right northbound shoulder.

Oregon State Police (OSP) patrol and fish & wildlife troopers, Halsey Shedd Fire Protection District, and ODOT personnel responded to the scene where the horse was trapped inside the trailer. A horse trainer came to the scene and tranquilized the horse before firefighters cut off a portion of the trailer. A tow truck came and stablized the trailer so the horse could be removed. After getting out of the trailer, the horse moved around on its own power and later was transported from the area in another trailer.

Investigation indicated HENNINGER didn't securely latch the trailer ball coupler to the hitch. She was cited for Violation of Towing Safety Requirements. Trooper Don Rummer was the lead investigator.

The right northbound lane was blocked about one hour during incident response.