Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Horse rescued from I-70 rollover in Vail.... Loose Trailer

Vail, Colorado firefighters prepare to rescue a horse from a trailer that tipped over on Interstate 70 Monday morning. The horse was able to walk out and into another trailer.
Special to the Daily

VAIL, Colorado — Firefighters in Vail, Colorado rescued a horse trapped in an upended trailer Monday morning on eastbound Interstate 70 after a one-vehicle accident.

Rescuers were called to the scene shortly before 9 a.m. Monday at mile marker 178 to rescue the race horse, which was stuck in the tipped trailer. The trailer had become separated from a 2000 Ford truck traveling from Rifle to southern Mexico after a blown tire caused the vehicle to start fish tailing.

The trailer was tipped over on its rear with the hitch in the air and the horse inside when rescuers arrived on the scene. With the help of Eagle veterinarian Sylvia Stocker, rescue teams removed the horse from the trailer by cutting a flap out on the roof.

The horse was able to walk out on its own and was transferred to another trailer before resuming its trip to southern Mexico. The horse was uninjured except for a few minor scrapes and bumps.

Eastbound traffic on the interstate was reduced to one lane until the trailer was removed, and the lane was reopened by noon. No charges were filed.

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