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  • Beware of horses, animals, OSP warns after accidents

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  • Two traffic crashes in Southern Oregon in the past two days involved horses that were seriously injured or killed.
    Today at approximately 3:15 a.m., a 2006 Dodge pickup driven by a 43-year-old Grants Pass man was eastbound on Highway 58 near milepost 2 when the driver encountered several horses standing in the eastbound lane.
    The driver hit at least two of them before the pickup came to rest on the side of the road. Two of the horses were lying in the eastbound lanes when they were struck by a Peterbilt log truck driven by a 38-year-old Eugene man.
    Neither driver was injured but both vehicles sustained heavy damage.
    The highway was restricted to a single lane for more than an hour before the horses and vehicles could be removed. ODOT and Lane County Sheriff's Office assisted OSP at the scene.
    On Wednesday at approximately 7:06 a.m., a 2014 Chevrolet sport utility vehicle driven by a 40-year-old Phoenix man was southbound on Highway 199 north of Kerby near Reeves Creek Road when the driver came upon several horses standing in the roadway.
    The vehicle hit at least two horses, and one of them was seriously injured. The driver was not hurt
    The accidents are reminders to be watchful for animals on or near our roadways as you travel, OSP warns.
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