Talent-area accident kills escaped horse

An escaped horse and two mules contributed to a three-vehicle crash Wednesday night at the intersection of Talent Avenue and South Pacific Highway 99, police said.

Deseray Jade Brown, 32, Medford, was traveling north on Highway 99 at about 10:30 p.m. when her Nissan Xterra collided with a horse that ran onto the road from the east shoulder, police said.

The blow it took from the vehicle killed the animal and sent it crashing into two vehicles traveling in the southbound lane of traffic. After hitting the horse, Brown also crashed into one of the vehicles in the southbound lane, and then through a fence off of the west shoulder, police said.

No injuries were reported, and no citations have been issued, police said.

Sheriff's officers and police attempted to corral the mules for about a half hour before they were able catch them and locate the address of the owner, who was not home. Police have not named the animals' owner.

— Sam Wheeler

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