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Truck Hits, Kills 3 Horses on Highway 211 north of Colton
03/05/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is completing the investigation into Friday morning's crash in which three horses were struck and killed while they were on Highway 211 north of Colton. The driver involved in the incident was not injured and the horses' owner was located and helped with their removal.
 
On March 5, 2010 at approximately 5:30 a.m. an unloaded 1997 Kenworth log truck driven by NORMAN CHARLES TERRILL SR., age 59, from Sandy, was traveling southbound on Highway 211 near milepost 22. Another motorist traveling on Bonney Road near the Highway 211 intersection saw the horses run from Bonney Road onto Highway 211. This witness followed the horses and flashed his headlights in an attempt to alert the oncoming truck of the group of 8 horses on or next to the highway. TERRILL was unable to stop or avoid the horses, striking and killing three of them.
 
The other horses took off and were all later found and reclaimed by their owner, MARGE SMITH, who reportedly lives about a quarter mile from the scene. No other information about the owner is available at this time.
 
TERRILL was not injured. He was able to drive his truck from the scene.
 
The investigation is continuing to determine how the horses got off the property where they were at before this incident.
 
ODOT personnel and equipment came to the scene and removed the deceased horses. One lane was kept open during most of the morning until the horses were removed.