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Horses on 280 Struck By Cars Near Stanford

One vehicle occupant complained of pain and was taken to Stanford Hospital.

Three horses were killed after they got onto northbound Interstate Highway 280 near Stanford this morning, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The horses were first reported on the highway near Alpine Road at 4:50 a.m., according to CHP Officer James Evans.

A vehicle reportedly hit one or more of the horses shortly thereafter, followed by a second vehicle that hit one of the horses that was down in the slow lane, Evans said.

The second vehicle overturned after hitting a horse. One vehicle occupant complained of pain and was taken to Stanford Hospital, Evans said.

The two drivers involved were transported to Stanford Medical Center with minor injuries.

A Sig-alert was issued at 5:46 a.m., shutting down northbound traffic until the alert was canceled just before 7 a.m., Evans said.

County animal control officials responded to the scene and the horses were towed off the road, Evans said.

A fourth horse was found alive down the road, apparently unharmed. Evans said authorities are trying to track down the horses' owner.

These collisions are currently under investigation and it does not appear that drugs or alcohol were a factor in these collisions.  If there are any witnesses to these collisions, please contact Officer Wester at 650-369-6261.

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Jennifer van der Kleut December 30, 2012 at 06:28 PM
I think what the author meant is that it doesn't appear the drivers were under the influence of alcohol or drugs....
Enquiring Mind December 30, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Jennifer, I was being sarcastic.
Stacy Claitor December 31, 2012 at 04:33 PM
That is a horse owners worst nightmare. It clearly was a accident.
Steve Hayes December 31, 2012 at 06:42 PM
The second driver who hit the horses (actually hit one horse and flipped her car) was not acting responsibly - she saw the emergency vehicles/flares and tried to speed around on the shoulder. If you see flares then SLOW DOWN!! - it could have been a person she hit. There is no way the car would have flipped if she had been going a reasonable speed.
Alison Madden January 01, 2013 at 12:15 AM
Thanks Steve that's tragic. I posted on Nextdoor Woodside and people have input that they believe it was horses from Webb Ranch, lessons horses, and the gate must have not been secured enough. This is so tragic, these horses are loved.

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