Three horses killed, four others injured in accident on Bluegrass Parkway in Kentucky

Three horses were killed and four others injured in a tractor-trailer crash on Bluegrass Parkway Monday afternoon, according to multiple Nelson County agencies.

The wreck was reported around 4:50 a.m. at mile marker 25 of the Bluegrass Parkway in Bardstown. The Nelson County Emergency Management Agency said a tractor-trailer left the road, crossed into oncoming lanes and crashed into an embankment near the Highway 150 bridge.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was trapped inside the cab of the vehicle and had to be extricated, according to Nelson County EMA. The extrication took 30 minutes and the driver was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital, according to the Bardstown Fire Department.

The driver had a serious cut on his foot and two lacerations. The Bardstown Police Department described driver injuries as not life-threatening.

Authorities also had to free the seven horses stuck in a large commercial equine trailer pulled by the tractor-trailer. Nelson County EMA said Anderson County Large Animal Rescue Teams and Jessamine/Nicholasville County Large Animal Response Teams responded to the scene to assist with rescue operations.

It took more than four hours to remove the horses from the trailer, according to Nelson County EMA. Authorities had to rescue the horses individually from the rear of the trailer due to the angle and condition of the trailer in relation to the wreck.

Three horses died in the accident while the other four injured horses were transported by equine ambulances provided by Keeneland, Hagyard and Creech, according to Nelson County EMA.

A tractor-trailer accident on Bluegrass Parkway in Kentucky left three people dead and four other horses injured on March 25, 2024. Authorities were on scene for approximately 10 hours.

The estimated loss from the killed horses is approximately $450,000, according to the Bardstown Fire. Bardstown police said the surviving horses’ injuries were life-threatening.

Injured horses are treated by Dr. Kathy…

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