Sacramento, CA- A multi-agency rescue team worked together to extricate and transport the horse to UC Davis Veterinary Clinic.
According to California Highway Patrol, while traveling south bound on Interstate 5, just south of the Sacramento Metropolitan Airport, early Sunday morning the driver of a truck with horse trailer in tow, crashed into the back of a car and overturned the horse trailer.
The trailer became disconnected from the truck and while leaving the horse trapped in the trailer, the driver drove away and fled the scene.
Rescuers from Metro Fire, CHP, Animal Care and Regulation, tow operators and a veterinarian spent three hours extricating the horse and loading it into another trailer for transport.
Considering the potential of this crash, the horse sustained relatively minor injuries including many cuts. On scene authorities stated that the horse is very fortunate to be alive.
Per CHP, the driver is still at large and faces several charges, starting with animal cruelty and felony hit and run. Any one with information is encouraged to contact the California Highway Patrol at 916.338.6710