Owners of horse killed in crash on I-5 sought

State transportation officials continue to seek the owner of a white horse that died Wednesday on northbound Interstate 5 near Phoenix after it was struck by a semi-trailer.

The Oregon Department of Transportation received numerous tips Thursday on possible owners of the horse and is following up on those.

"No one has come forward to say, 'It's my horse,' " said ODOT spokesman Jared Castle. "We really hope someone will come forward and claim ownership of the horse."

The horse's body, removed late Thursday morning from the roadway near Milepost 23, is being stored at an ODOT storage building.

State transportation officials were concentrating manpower Thursday on keeping the interstate open at the Siskiyou Pass for holiday travelers, Castle said.

The horse was wearing horseshoes and a bridle when a semitruck struck it just before 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The driver of the semi-trailer was not injured in the accident. Law enforcement had to put the animal down because it was suffering, said ODOT transportation manager Everett Carroll.

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