DAVIE, Fla. - A horse was euthanized Friday morning after it suffered serious injuries in a trailer crash on Interstate 595 that snarled eastbound traffic for nearly 90 minutes, officials said.
Annie Carter, 21, the horse's owner, was frantic at the accident site, according to her father, Trevor Grosholz, who wasn't involved in the crash but rushed to the site.
"It was tough not to cry watching her like that," he said.
He told her he loved her. "What else do you say to a daughter who is hysterical about her horse?" he said.
The mare was being transported from Broward County to Orlando before 6:30 a.m., when the vehicle jackknifed in the eastbound lanes of the highway, causing it to strike a wall and flipping the trailer onto its side, Grosholz said.
Davie Fire Rescue was able to remove wreckage from the damaged trailer, and a doctor found that the horse had serious injuries, said Braulio Rosa, a fire-rescue spokesman.
Authorities are still investigating what caused the crash, Rosa said.
The eastbound lanes of Interstate 595 at Hiatus were closed shortly after 6:30 a.m. because of the accident. For nearly 90 minutes, eastbound traffic was being restricted to a single lane on the shoulder of 595. By 9 a.m., all eastbound lanes were flowing again.
Staff writer Juan Ortega contributed to this report.
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