Surprisingly no one hurt as horse trailer flips near Playmor Junction
A bizarre accident involving a horse-trailer west of Playmor Junction at Highway 3A/6 Friday afternoon resulted in no injuries said Nelson RCMP Cpl. Michael Stefani.
The accident happened at approximately 4:08 p.m. Friday a truck towing a horse trailer saw the trailer dislodge from the vehicle, break away from its safety chains and ending up flipping over blocking the highway.
“One of the two horses in the trailer did manage to escape relatively unharmed (but) the second horse was trapped on its side, pinned by twisted metal,” Cpl. Stefani explained in a media release.
Stefani said Tarry’s Fire rescue attended the scene and performed remarkably well, cutting the metal horse trailer away to unpin the horse.
Beasley Fire rescue member, Monica Spencer, was on hand to tend to the injured horse until a veterinarian arrived on scene. With the help of all parties, the horse was pulled to its feet and freed from the wreckage.
Cpl. Stefani said a good Samaritan and his family, Brian, Rowan and Korynn Weber, were called and graciously came to the scene with a horse trailer to help.
The trio used their expertise to load the frightened and injured horses to transport them home for the owners.
“The two occupants of the truck, a mother and daughter were unharmed, although were quite shaken up,” Cpl. Stefani said.
“The highway was closed for approximately an hour and a half while the animals were freed and the trailer which was blocking the road removed.”
Cp. Stefani said Nelson RCMP would like to thank Tarry’s Fire Rescue for outstanding work in freeing the injured animal from the twisted metal of the trailer, along with Monica Spencer from Beasley Fire Rescue for her diligence in staying with the injured horse, and tending to its injuries.
“A special thank you also goes to the Weber Family, who run KOOT-NEIGH, which is a vaulting program in Nelson, for their expertise and assistance,” Cpl. Stefani said.
“One last thank you goes to the many, many motorist who exercised great patience while emergency crews dealt with this accident. After being stuck for almost two hours, motorists were still cheerful and thankful the family and the animals were safely taken home,” he added.