Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Horse killed in collision with car

Driver treated and released at St. Luke’s

Express Staff Writer

A 77-year-old Washington woman was treated and released at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center after her vehicle collided with a horse last Friday morning on state Highway 75 south of Bellevue.

The horse didn't fare as well and died at the scene.

The Blaine County Sheriff's Office identified the woman as Barbara Corrigan, of Friday Harbor, Wash.

The accident occurred shortly after 7 a.m. about two miles south of Bellevue. Sheriff's Lt. Jay Davis said Corrigan was southbound in 1998 green Subaru when the horse "galloped" in front of her and she was unable to avoid a collision.

Corrigan was transported to the hospital by Wood River Fire & Rescue ambulance. Damage to her vehicle was estimated at $3,000.

A Sheriff's Office report did not identify the owner of the horse, but stated that the animal came from a residence at 120 Derby Lane. The report further described the horse as a "certified gaited horse" valued at $3,000 to $5,000. A gaited horse is an animal with a natural ability to provide a smooth ride.

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