Escaped horses hit, killed on I-70 in Frederick County; state trooper, 2 others injured

FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. (DC News Now) — Two horses that returned to their home after they escaped and were found wandering in New Market died in a crash a day later, sheriff’s deputies said.

Maryland State Police (MSP) said that the two horses were killed on Interstate 70 just before 3 a.m. on Friday.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) confirmed that these horses were the same ones found wandering a neighborhood in New Market on Wednesday evening.

Deputies had responded to the neighborhood around 10:35 p.m. and rounded up the horses and returned them to their home.

Frederick County deputies round up horses on the loose in New Market

At some point between then and Friday morning, the horses escaped their enclosure again and ended up on Interstate 70.

MSP said that several vehicles, including two cars and a tractor-trailer, hit the horses on the westbound lanes near mile marker 62. The horses were dead when police arrived.

One MSP trooper was stopped on I-70 to help one of the cars involved in the crash when another car driving west hit the trooper’s car. That car stayed at the scene, and MSP said that no charges were being filed at this time.

That trooper and the drivers of two other cars were taken to the hospital.

All I-70 lanes were closed as MSP investigated. FCSO deputies and officers with Frederick County Animal Control responded to help, and Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration personnel helped with road closures.

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