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Seemingly blind horse survives after being hit by train Tuesday morning

Horse hit by train survives

A horse was hit by a train near Alorton on Tuesday morning, but appeared to be OK.
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A horse was hit by a train near Alorton on Tuesday morning, but appeared to be OK.

A horse was hit by a train near Alorton on Tuesday morning, but appeared to be OK.

Kathy Firkins, a nearby resident, said the horse belonged to a neighbor. Railroad police had yet to locate the owner Tuesday afternoon.

”He told me it was cut pretty bad on the front — I asked if he was dead. He said no, the officer told me he was up but was just standing there,” Firkins said.

The accident occurred between 10:30 and 11 a.m. Tuesday. The railroad officer tied the horse up.

Randy Grim from Randy’s Rescue Ranch said the horse appeared to be blind. He said he had a veterinarian standing by to look the horse over. Firkins said the horse belonged to her neighbor and that there was no fencing on the property.

Officials with Norfolk and Southern Railroad could not be reached for comment.

Carolyn P. Smith has worked for the Belleville News-Democrat for 18 years and currently covers breaking news in the Metro-East. She graduated from the Journalism School at the University of Missouri at Columbia and says news is in her DNA.


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