Truck carrying horses overturns on I-95, police say

Posted May 30, 2012, at 2:39 p.m.

CARMEL, Maine — Three men and three horses escaped injury after a pickup truck hauling a horse trailer overturned on Interstate 95 late Tuesday, according to police.

State police Trooper Brian Bean said the pickup was heading southbound on the highway and was leaving Bangor Raceway after a night of racing, and the pickup hydroplaned on the wet road and lost control.

“The trailer turned over and it peeled the roof back on the trailer,” Bean said. “One of the horses got pinned underneath the trailer.”

All three horses and all three occupants of the pickup walked away without serious injuries, Bean said. A veterinarian checked out the animals at the scene.

Bean said the wet roadways caused by Tuesday night’s heavy rains was a major factor in the crash, and speed was not a likely factor.

“I don’t think [the driver] would’ve been going that fast, hauling $30,000 worth of horses,” the trooper said.