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Horses, mules get out of pasture, die on highway when hit by tractor-trailer

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SHERMAN COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

A tractor-trailer hauling potatoes on Highway 97 hit four horses and two mules that were loose and standing in the roadway early Friday morning in Sherman County.

Oregon State Police troopers responded to the scene around 4:35 a.m.

The preliminary investigation showed the 2012 Peterbuilt truck was traveling south when it hit the animals, which were all killed in the incident.

The driver of the rig, 33-year-old Kory Kock of Grass Valley, Oregon, was not injured in the crash, but the truck sustained extensive damage in the front end, though the trailer was not damaged.

The owners of the animals were notified of the incident, and the highway was blocked while the animals were recovered. The highway was reopened around 7:24 a.m.

According to troopers, the animals were pastured in a field east of the highway, and would have had to walk several miles to get to the scene of the crash. Troopers added that how the animals got out of the pasture was unknown at this time.

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