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NHP Warns Drivers about Car Accidents Involving Horses

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With winter on the way, our days have been getting shorter and shorter. And as we've reported in the past, earlier sunsets and later sunrises can mean extra dangers on the road.

That was the case in Pleasant Valley just 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. According to Trooper Chuck Allen of Nevada Highway Patrol, a car hit and killed two horses on Old U.S. 395 north near Andrews Lane.

He told us a woman driving a Saturn couldn't see the two horses crossing the road and she hit them. Then a short time later, a man driving a pickup tried to avoid that crash, made a lane change and again couldn't see the horses and hit one of them.

The driver of the Saturn suffered minor injuries. The driver of the truck wasn't hurt. Sadly, both horses died.

Trooper Chuck Allen warns we could see more of these types of accidents in the days ahead. "I think the animals that migrate in that part of Nevada are more confident in wanting to cross the road way because there isn't the noise of the fast moving traffic taking up all four lanes because they're up on the new freeway."

He said it's important to remember that on any and all highways and state routes in open range areas.

So he's asking all drivers out there to be cautious and stick to the speed limit. He said following those rules is important because Wednesday's accident could have been much worse.

"Very, very serious accident when you have a three or four, five to six thousand pound vehicle strikes an animal on the roadway. So we're very blessed this morning," Trooper Allen told us.

In this case, both cars suffered significant damage and had to be towed from the scene.

The accident did not hold up traffic too long. Trooper Allen said they had the lanes open by rush hour.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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