On July 31, 2014, around 10 p.m., two vehicles and a horse were involved in an accident. The crash occurred along Route 119 and Ranch Road in Dunbar Township, near the Fayette County fair that was going on nearby.
Fayette County 911 dispatchers said a helicopter was requested shortly after the accident. Several injuries were reported and the horse is said to have been killed in the crash. The first people to arrive at the scene said an individual who was involved in the accident was sitting against a nearby guide rail with leg injuries. Only one person was sent to the hospital by ambulance with minor injuries while the others refused medical treatment.
It is believed that the horse wandered from the Fayette County fair where they have several farm animals as part of their festivities. State police barracks in Uniontown, reported one vehicle hit the horse and then a second vehicle rear-ended that vehicle.
It is likely an investigation will look into why the vehicles were not able to come to a stop. Drivers are responsible for bringing their vehicles to a stop within the assured clear distance ahead. Speeding, driving under the influence and distracted driving are all contributing factors as to why drivers are sometimes unable to bring their vehicles to a stop. The investigation will also look into why the horse wandered on to the road and who was responsible for looking after the animal.
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact a personal injury attorney to see what your rights are.
The Tribune Review, “2 cars strike horse near Fayette fair”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Two people injured, horse killed in Fayette County crash”