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3 Loose Horses Struck, Killed On NB 280 Near Stanford

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PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — Three horses were killed after they ran onto northbound Interstate Highway 280 near Stanford Saturday morning, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The horses were first reported on the highway near Alpine Road at 4:50 a.m., according to CHP Officer James Evans.

A vehicle reportedly hit one or more of the horses shortly thereafter, followed by a second vehicle that hit one of the horses that was down in the slow lane, Evans said.

The second vehicle overturned after hitting a horse. One vehicle occupant complained of pain and was taken to Stanford Hospital, Evans said.

A Sig-alert was issued at 5:46 a.m., shutting down northbound traffic until the alert was canceled just before 7 a.m., Evans said.

County animal control officials responded to the scene and the horses were towed off the road, Evans said.

Although three horses were killed on the roadway, a fourth horse was found alive down the road, apparently unharmed, Evans said.

Evans said authorities are trying to track down the horses’ owner.

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