PRESCOTT — A horse tumbled out of an insecure door at the rear of a livestock trailer travelling Highway 401 near Prescott on Friday afternoon, leading to a traffic snarl in both directions as police dealt with the situation.
A 61-year-old Alfred man is charged with having an insecure load, under the Highway Traffic Act. He was behind the wheel of the truck-and-trailer combination that, according to police, continued eastbound without stopping after the animal fell out.
Grenville County OPP officers intercepted the trucker further up the highway shortly after responding to the July 14 incident and escorted him back to the scene near Edward Street. Traffic was stopped and motorists, who had found the horse lying injured on the 401, were assisting the animal. Eventually, the horse was coaxed back to its feet, then reloaded into the trailer to be taken for examination by a veterinarian.
The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), which regulates the transportation of livestock on the highway, have also launched investigations.
In the wake of the incident, police are emphasizing the need to ensure all cargo is safely stowed and secure while operating any vehicle on the highway.
A passing motorist supplied the photos of the horse standing in the median, and the resulting traffic tie-up on the 401.