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Loose horse causes crash

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By Staff

A horse running loose on Louisville Road was struck and killed early Sunday morning, injuring two drivers in the process. The accident occurred around 5 a.m. in the 11000 block, according to a press release from the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office.

Patrick Briney, of Bardstown, was traveling south when he struck the horse, knocking it into the other lane of travel and killing it. Charles Shively, of Lebanon, was traveling north and did not see the dead horse in the roadway in time to avoid striking it. The impact caused Shively’s vehicle to overturn.

Briney and Shively were both transported to Flaget Memorial Hospital for minor injuries.

According to the release, the horse belonged to Charity Lober, of Louisville, who was boarding the animal nearby. The horse had gotten loose after a tree knocked down a fence during recent storms.

The accident is at least the fourth in Nelson County to involve a horse in the last eight years.

In 2016, a Chaplin man was seriously injured when he struck a loose horse on High Grove Road. The impact killed the animal. In 2011, a horse-drawn carriage was rear-ended by a vehicle on East Stephen Foster Avenue. The horse survived and the carriage driver suffered broken ribs. The occupants of the vehicle and carriage passengers were not injured. In 2010, two men were injured while riding horses at night on a dark roadway when a vehicle struck them from behind. Both horses had to be euthanized. The vehicle’s occupants were uninjured.