Jesse Evans, Editor | Hempstead Herald

All drivers escaped injury but a horse was killed when it made its way into the highway early this morning south of Ozan and was struck by multiple vehicles.

The last vehicle to hit the horse was the only one that was apparently disabled as all the others left the scene.

Hunter Young of Nashville was driving south on Highway 278 on his way to work in Hope at approximately 5:30 a.m. when he struck the horse, damaging the front right of the Nissan Altima he was driving and deploying the airbags. According to Young, the horse appeared to already be dead when he  and the truck in front of him hit it. He said the truck he was following at time was able to drive off and the driver continued on his way to work. It appeared the horse was likely hit by a semi shortly before Hunter and the other driver drove up on it in the roadway.

Hempstead County Sheriff’s Deputy McBride arrived on scene first to assist while Arkansas State Trooper Henley was finishing up at the scene of a rollover near the airport. Trooper Henley arrived on scene after he cleared the previous wreck and took over while Deputy McBride left to respond to another call.

Young was not injured in the crash.

The owner of the horse was not yet identified.

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