Trailer carrying horses rolls down embankment
Three horses are reported to have survived injuries sustained after a trailer towing the horses from Vernonia to Scappoose became detached from a truck and fell down an embankment Wednesday, June 27.
Firefighters from Scappoose Fire District, along with deputies from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, and staff from Columbia County Dog Control reported to the scene of the crash around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to the fire district. Emergency responders were aided at the scene by veterinarians from Cascade Equine Mobile Veterinary Services.
Fire district officials report the trailer holding the three horses was too heavy, causing the safety chains to fail and the trailer to become detached while enroute.
The horse trailer went over a 10 to 15-foot embankment, landing on its side, SFD reported in an incident report.
The horses were tied up inside the trailer and two of the horses became entangled. The third horse was able to exit the trailer without trouble.
'With help from Grumpy's Towing, Columbia County Sheriff, Columbia County Animal Control, [and] veterinarians ... the two horses were able to be sedated, lifted up from the embankment and safely taken for care," SFD reported. "We received an update that all three horses survived their injuries."
Emergency crews from the fire district remained on scene until 9:18 p.m.