11 horses rescued, several dead after horse trailer crash in Franklin Co., Mo.

11 horses rescued, several dead after horse trailer crash in Franklin Co., Mo.
Eleven of the 29 horses involved in a crash on I-44 in Franklin County, Mo. were taken to Longmeadow Rescue Ranch. (Source: Humane Society of Missouri)

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - Eleven horse were rescued after a horse trailer crash late on Sunday evening, October 18.

According to the Humane Society of Missouri, the 11 were transported by Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in cooperation with Missouri Emergency Response Services - Large Animal Rescue.

Eleven of the 29 horses involved in a crash on I-44 in Franklin County, Mo. were taken to Longmeadow Rescue Ranch.
Eleven of the 29 horses involved in a crash on I-44 in Franklin County, Mo. were taken to Longmeadow Rescue Ranch.

A total of 29 horses were involved in a trailer truck crash on I-44 at the Washington, Mo. exit.

In addition to the 11, they say four survived but were seriously injured. They are being cared for at Homestead Veterinary Hospital until they are stable enough to be taken by Longmeadow.

The horses suffered from shock, deep bruising, cuts and trauma to the head, eyes and back.
The horses suffered from shock, deep bruising, cuts and trauma to the head, eyes and back.

Ten of the horses died in the crash. Due to the severity of their injuries, two of the horses were euthanized at the scene and another two were euthanized at the veterinary hospital.

According to the humane society, the reason for the animals originally being transported has not been confirmed.

Rescuers from MERS and Longmeadow worked through the night to remove the horses from the trailer, capture those that had escaped and transport the survivors to safety.

They said the 11 horses taken to Longmeadow are currently suffering from shock, deep skin and leg abrasions and lacerations, head and eye trauma and back injuries.

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