Horse struck, killed on Stark County highway

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A horse met a tragic end early Sunday morning after being struck by a vehicle on U.S. Route 30 in western Stark County, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The incident unfolded at approximately 3:47 a.m. when troopers responded to a one-car crash involving a horse, reported Sgt. Bridget Matt. The crash occurred as three horses got loose in the area, with two of them successfully apprehended.

Investigation details provided by Matt indicate that a 2015 Ford Focus, traveling westbound on Route 30, collided with one of the horses running in the roadway. The collision took place just west of Pigeon Run Avenue after the driver attempted evasive action to avoid the animals. Unfortunately, the struck horse succumbed to the injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver of the Ford Focus, identified as a 40-year-old Creston man, emerged from the incident unharmed.

The loose horses, described as black, standardbred horses housed at their owner’s residence, mysteriously gained freedom. Matt stated that it remains unclear how the horses became loose, and an ongoing investigation is underway.

At the crash scene, troopers located the other horses, but the animals fled north on state Route 21. Despite attempts to pursue them, troopers lost sight of the horses near Lake Avenue and Earl Road in Massillon.

Copper Horse Crusade of Tuscarawas Township, with assistance from the Massillon Police Department, successfully located the two remaining horses. Flesher’s Deadstock Removal of Norton aided in the removal and disposal of the deceased horse.

The circumstances surrounding the incident are still under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.