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Runaway horse struck by car in early morning darkness

June 2, 2018 GMT

A Logan police officer was forced to put a horse down Thursday morning after the animal was struck by a car in Logan.

According to Capt. Tyson Budge, an officer was en route to the area of 1400 North and 600 West just before 5 a.m. after receiving reports of two horses running in the roadway.

Before the officer arrived, however, one of the horses was struck by a small passenger car on 1800 North at about 500 West, where there is a residential area on one side of the street and an open field marked for development on the other side.

The driver said he was driving about 30 miles per hour when the horses suddenly ran out in front of him, and he was unable to avoid hitting one of the mares. The impact caused a compound fracture to one of her rear legs, and the patrol officer had to put her down when he arrived on scene, Budge said.

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The driver of the car was not injured, and while the windshield of his car is shattered, police say the vehicle was still driveable.

Budge said the animal control officer talked with several landowners in the area who are known to have animals, but none immediately claimed ownership of the horses.

The surviving mare was temporarily placed in a nearby pasture with adequate grass and water, and late Thursday afternoon, her owner contacted police, Budge said.

The investigation is ongoing in this instance, but Budge said anytime livestock are out on the road, their owners may be held liable for damage, injury or death in the event of an accident.