Horse dies after being struck twice by cars

Horse dies after being struck twice by cars
The area of the 11000 block of Louisville Road where the horse was struck and killed. (Source: Maira Ansari, WAVE 3 News)
The horses escaped from a field next to the road due to a storm-damaged fence. (Source: Maira Ansari, WAVE 3 News)
The horses escaped from a field next to the road due to a storm-damaged fence. (Source: Maira Ansari, WAVE 3 News)

NELSON COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - A horse has died after it was hit by two vehicles on a Nelson County road.

It happened in the 11000 block of Louisville Road April 8 around 5 a.m. The Nelson County Sheriff's Office said the horse had gotten loose from a nearby pasture where it was being kept. The horse killed and two others got out after a tree had fallen on a fence because of the recent storms.

"It's dark the highway is not lit so the chances of seeing a horse are slim," Lt. Kaelen Matthews from the Nelson County Sheriff's Office said.

Investigators said a vehicle heading south on Louisville Road hit the horse and killed it. The collision sent the horse into the other lane of traffic where it was hit by another vehicle whose driver didn't see the animal. When that vehicle hit the horse it caused the vehicle to overturn in the road.

Patrick Briney, of Bardstown, was driving the car that initially hit the horse. According to Briney, he was heading home from his job in Louisville when oncoming drivers began flashing their headlights at him. Briney said he hit the horse before he had time to react.

Briney and the other driver were taken to Flaget Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Briney said he suffered a broken nose, was cut by glass from the windshield and had shards of glass in his eye.

"It was pretty jarring," Briney said.

The owner of the property, Mark Zellers, said the horse, which was owned by a Louisville woman, was named Junior and was around 25 years old. Zellers said he realized the horses got out Sunday morning and felt heartbroken about what had happened to Junior.  The other two horses belong to Zellers and they returned to their home safely.

Lt. Matthews said a deer can weigh around 250 pounds and a horse can weight around 800-1,000 pounds so you can imagine how severe the impact was. Briney said he realizes how lucky he is.

"We could've died too but, I love horses and I really feel bad about it," Briney said.

Lt. Matthews is urging all livestock owners to check their fences and property after all the rain in the area could have impacted their animal enclosures.

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