On May 12, 2016 at approximately 12:55 pm, Jacob Strong, 30 of Patch Grove, was driving his 2012 Dodge Ram truck east on Hwy 18 near Hicklin Hollow Rd. in Patch Grove Twsp. Mr. Strong was towing a horse trailer with two horses inside. While driving east on Hwy 18, the trailer became disconnected from the truck and the safety chains broke. The trailer entered the ditch and rolled over, upside down, in a stream, along Hwy 18. Both horses were trapped and injured in the trailer.
Southwest Vet Clinic of Bloomington was dispatched to the scene and the owner of the trailer, Rodney Boom responded with a skid steer. Mr. Boom arrived and the sheriff's deputy and Mr. Strong assisted Mr. Boom with securing the skid steer to the trailer. The trailer was repositioned in a safe location with the assistance of the skid steer. Once the trailer was in a safe location, the vet began to render aid to the horses.
One of the horses exited the trailer on its feet and it had minor injures. A vet with Southwest Vet Clinic arrived and treated the second horse. This horse was removed from the trailer by the vet and the sheriff's deputy. The horse was injured, but was able to stand. Mr. Strong walked both horses to his residence, which was approximately a half mile from the crash scene.
The horses are being cared for by the Southwest Vet Clinic and remain at Mr. Strong's residence. No damage was reported to Mr. Strong's truck and the trailer was heavily damaged and removed by Mr. Boom. The crash remains under investigation.