UPDATE: 3 horses dead after truck hauling horse trailer tips over on I-35E in St. Paul
UPDATE: 35E has reopened following this crash.
Three horses died after a trailer full of horses tipped over with a truck on Interstate 35 East Southbound early Thursday morning in St. Paul.
According to MnDOT, at around 2:45 a.m., a truck with a trailer full of horses lost control on the highway. The Minnesota State Patrol reported that three out of the five horses died due to the incident.
The State Patrol is investigating a crash (no injuries to driver) SB Highway 35E near University Ave. in St. Paul. The crash involved a truck that was hauling a trailer with five horses. Three of the horses are deceased. Exits to EB 94 and SB 52 are closed. Find alternate route.— State Patrol PIO (@MSPPIO) October 1, 2020
KSTP traffic reporter Josie Smith reported that I-35E Southbound is closed at Interstate 94 Eastbound and Highway 52 Southbound in St. Paul until further notice.
The ramp to 10th Street and Wacouta Street is closed as well. Traffic is being diverted to I-94 Westbound or I-35E Southbound.
I-35E SB closed at I-94 EB/Hwy 52 SB in St. Paul until further notice! A truck and trailer full of horses tipped over. The ramp to 10th St/Wacouta St is closed as well. Traffic diverted to I-94 WB or I-35E SB. https://t.co/wiagwePlXs pic.twitter.com/NGR3QxyIbW— KSTP Traffic (@kstptraffic) October 1, 2020
Here’s video of one of the horses being loaded up into another trailer. From this view, the horse seems okay…let’s stay hopeful for our hoofed friends! https://t.co/wiagwePlXs pic.twitter.com/7u0bdGUAja— KSTP Traffic (@kstptraffic) October 1, 2020
According to Smith, no injuries to the driver were reported.
Currently, crews are working to clear the scene and put the horses onto another trailer.
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