Horses cause four wrecks

Published 8:28 am Friday, January 22, 2010

CARRSVILLE—Three people were injured and seven horses were killed after vehicles collided with horses that escaped from their pasture Wednesday evening.

State Police received a call of horses running loose on Carrsville Highway between Carrsville and Franklin at 6:48 p.m., and by 7 p.m., the first of four crashes occurred, according to State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Cotten.

Four vehicles were involved in the crashes, two on Carrsville Highway, one on Beaverdam Road and another at the intersection of Route 258 and Beaverdam Road. Two people were transported to the hospital with minor injuries and a third person was flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The four vehicles sustained a combined $34,000 worth of damage, according to Cotten. She didn’t know the value of the seven horses that were killed.

Cotten said she didn’t know how many horses were loose in total, but she said state police were able to contact the horses’ owner, William “Billy” Camp Jr. of Franklin and corral the other loose horses back to Camp’s Holly Run Drive farm Wednesday night.

Cotten said no charges are pending against Camp or the drivers involved in the accidents.