Three horses were killed after they got onto northbound Interstate Highway 280 near Stanford this morning, a California Highway Patrol officer said.
The horses were first reported on the highway near Alpine Road at 4:50 a.m., according to CHP Officer James Evans.
A vehicle reportedly hit one or more of the horses shortly thereafter, followed by a second vehicle that hit one of the horses that was down in the slow lane, Evans said.
The second vehicle overturned after hitting a horse. One vehicle occupant complained of pain and was taken to Stanford Hospital, Evans said.
The two drivers involved were transported to Stanford Medical Center with minor injuries.
A Sig-alert was issued at 5:46 a.m., shutting down northbound traffic until the alert was canceled just before 7 a.m., Evans said.
County animal control officials responded to the scene and the horses were towed off the road, Evans said.
A fourth horse was found alive down the road, apparently unharmed. Evans said authorities are trying to track down the horses' owner.
These collisions are currently under investigation and it does not appear that drugs or alcohol were a factor in these collisions. If there are any witnesses to these collisions, please contact Officer Wester at 650-369-6261.
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