BUCKEYE, Ariz. -- One racehorse is dead and five more were rounded up after the trailer they were in was involved in a crash early Thursday morning.
It happened just before 4 a.m. at Interstate 10 and Miller Road in the West Valley. The trailer was taking the horses to Turf Paradise, which is about 15 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix.
According to the Department of Public Safety, the truck pulling the trailer slowed down to take the Miller Road exit ramp. A double semi behind the horse trailer did not slow enough and rear-ended it.
While neither one of the drivers was injured, the collision jarred the doors of the horse trailer open, allowing the six horses inside to get out.
Video from the scene, which had been mostly cleared by 6 a.m., showed the empty horse trailer on the side of the road on the eastbound off-ramp.
One of the horses ran across the highway and the median into the westbound lanes of I-10. An SUV hit the horse, killing it instantly.
The five remaining horses were safely corralled.
According to DPS spokesman Raul Garcia, the driver of the semi was cited for failing to control his vehicle to avoid a collision.
Traffic on eastbound I-10 in the area was restricted for several hours and the eastbound Miller Road off-ramp was closed until 6:30 a.m.