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Bizarre Car Accident Involves Three Horses
CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio (Rich Jaffe) -- A bizarre accident that leads to the death of three horses sends a Bethel woman to the hospital.
Local 12 is learning more about that early morning accident in Clermont County, including why those horses were wandering on the road. A woman hit them with her car on state route 125 just west of Bethel near South Campbell Road. Local 12's Rich Jaffe joins us live near the accident scene.
This time of year it's not unusual to hear accident calls where drivers have hit a deer. Imagine driving on this dark road around 4a.m. and suddenly realizing there are three horses right in front of your car.
In daylight the blood-stained pavement gives you no idea how terrible the accident was. It was shortly before four Thursday morning that Patricia Perkins was driving down 125 headed toward Bethel when suddenly in front of her were three full grown horses.
One of the animals died on impact. Two others were critically injured.
Another driver, Brian Cooper, stopped to help and checked on Perkins as he called 911.
Ohio State Troopers along with a Sheriff's Deputy and Bethel Firefighters did what they could for everyone involved. Medics took Perkins to Clermont Mercy.
The horses weren't so lucky.
Sgt. Cory Wright said, We did contact a local veterinarian to assess the injuries to them, whether we can move them or not and also attempted to locate the owner of the horses. At this time that's why the road's been closed for an hour trying to locate the owner or find somebody who can give us permission to do what we have to do with the other two horses that are remaining here.
The vet euthanized the two injured horses. Early Thursday afternoon we found the owner and the horses a short distance away at their home. Their owner didn't want to talk on camera but told me they got out because someone turned off the electric fence that keeps them on the property.
Jaffe was told that the only chance to save the injured horses was to transport them to a vet hospital in Louisville and that just wasn't feasible.
Patricia Perkins' car doesn't have as much damage as you might imagine just a shattered windshield and some damage along the driver's side. There's no word on her condition.
Equestrian experts say it's not unusual for horses to wander more this time of year in search of fresher grass.