Archive for Monday, November 22, 2010

Horse dies after being hit by vehicle on Highway 24-40 in Tonganoxie

November 22, 2010


A passenger vehicle struck a horse on U.S. Highway 24-40 in Tonganoxie, killing the animal and slowing traffic Monday evening. Tonganoxie police officers were dispatched to the intersection of 24-40 and Stone Creek Drive at 6:40 p.m., according to Sgt. Steve Hawkins.

The horse got out of a trailer that was a attached to a vehicle on the highway, entered the roadway and was hit, said Hawkins. The department attempted to contact a veterinarian, but none were available and the horse died at the scene. Officers are still investigating how the animal escaped the trailer. No other animals were involved. East- and westbound lanes of the highway were congested but not completely stopped for a little more than an hour.


redhead_sports_chick9 7 years, 6 months ago

I would just like to say that the people in the vehicle were very lucky to be alive. The roof over the driver side of the car was smashed in so badly that everyone that looked at the car is surprised that she is not dead or does not have a broken neck. Also the car didn't kill the horse. They put it down after the accident was over. This article is so focused on the animal's well-being that they fail to realize that there were 4 people in that vehicle, one of which was a 2 year old child.

drewnon 7 years, 6 months ago

Obviously the passengers were okay otherwise their condition would have been note worthy. This story is only news worthy because a horse was involved. Who cares about a non injury accident. A line such as "no passengers were harmed in the accident" would have been applicable however.

redhead_sports_chick9 7 years, 6 months ago

I care about a non injury accident, even though I don't consider this to be one. Those people were family to me. The driver is lucky to be alive. Her side of the car is completely smashed causing witnesses to think, "How is she still alive?" There were minor injuries sustained, however.

countrygirl 7 years, 6 months ago

What's going on by Midland this morning? Looks like a wreck on something on the curve by Shucks and traffic is being routed around on the county roads.

Dirtman24 7 years, 6 months ago

was a bad wreck, 2 code reds 1 flown by helicopter to KU Med Center and no other helicopter within 30-40mins so the other code red was transported to KU Med Center by ground ambulance, the 2 code yellows where transported to LMH. There was another vehicle involved and was located by T-P Junction area, quite bit away from Midland curve, something about this listening to my scanner when they got the call meaning emergency not lj.....

Dirtman24 7 years, 6 months ago

last line a typo error... is this

something about this is strange as I was listening to my scanner when they got the call meaning emergency not ljworld..... (other vehicle at TP junction smoking greatly while roll over at Midland Curve)

wmathews 7 years, 6 months ago

There's a fatality accident in that area:

Whitney Mathews Assistant Community Editor for Online

drewnon 7 years, 6 months ago

See response to redhead_sports_chick.

redhead_sports_chick9 7 years, 6 months ago

The big fuss is that if there were pictures posted of the cars condition no one would even think the driver made it out alive. There were injuries to the driver and passengers, sure they weren't fatal obviously, but it wasn't a non-injury accident.

As for the not being able to see a horse. It's the same thing as hitting deer. Yeah you can see it, but it's a little too late. If your theory was correct then people wouldn't hit deer at all, and well that doesn't happen does it? They weren't speeding, it was 7:30 at night and the horse was just there. Even witness vehicles said that they didn't see the horse either.

redhead_sports_chick9 7 years, 6 months ago

Well just because you are so special at making sure you are super careful doesn't mean accidents do not happen. If you were in this situation yourself I'm sure you wouldn't be belittling the people in the car as badly as you are now. You weren't there, you don't know. This was not a child. This was not a human being. This was a dark horse at night against the black pavement of the highway. Have you ever shined a light at a dark horse against the black night? Growing up around horses I have learned that they are indeed very hard to spot at night. This was also in an area where deer, animals, people, etc are not. I know you're supposed to be prepared for everything, but when you're driving and you blink and all of the sudden the first and last thought right before the accident is, "OMG HORSE!" then it must have been too hard to see. She did put on the breaks but the horse was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I'm still angry that the horse was even out in the first place. There were other horses in the trailer so why weren't they out as well? The horse owner's story seems pretty sketchy to me.

redhead_sports_chick9 7 years, 6 months ago

Also I would like to mention again, that the horse did not die because the car hit it. Oddly enough after the accident was over the horse was running around and acting like nothing had happened. It wasn't until later that they put it down.

Clovis Sangrail 7 years, 6 months ago

"It wasn't until later that they put it down."

Possibly because the owner didn't want it alive to testify.

nnelson 7 years, 6 months ago

I had heard reports that the horse was euthanized at the scene and asked Sgt. Hawkins about that specifically when I talked to him last night. He said the horse died of causes related to being hit by the vehicle before officials were able to contact a veterinarian to do put it down.

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