One horse was killed late Thursday afternoon after it was ejected from its trailer and struck by a semi on Interstate 57. Four other horses survived; one person suffered minor injuries in the accident.
Illinois State Police said a pickup truck driven by Brandi Turner, of New London, Mo., was hauling a trailer with five horses.
Turner has been charged with using unsafe equipment. While driving southbound on Interstate 57 in Franklin County, a tire detached, according to the State Police, causing the pickup and trailer to jackknife. The trailer overturned, and the five horses were ejected from the trailer.
A semi that had been behind Turner hit one of the horses, killing the horse and causing “significant damage” to the truck.
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Illinois State Police shut the highway down in both northbound and southbound lanes for about 45 minutes while the four live horses were transferred to a different trailer. Both the pickup and semi were towed away. London was taken to the hospital and treated and released; the semi’s driver was unhurt.