Horse lone fatality in Tuesday's I-25 accident

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One racing horse died and five sustained serious injuries when the trailer they were being pulled in was involved in an accident on Interstate 25 Tuesday morning.

Socorro Police Department Captain Angel Garcia said he and officers Alfredo Garza and Peter Gonzales responded at 9:04 a.m. to the scene just immediately north of the Interstate 25 interchange at mile marker 150. What officers found were two damaged pickups and a horse trailer on its side.

The driver of a white 1994 Chevy pickup, Edward Padilla of Lemitar, was in the process of trying to illegally cross over to the other side of the interstate when he struck a white 2007 Dodge pickup driven by Faron Curtis, of Anthony, which was pulling a horse trailer, according to the report filed by Garza.

Neither of the drivers or their passengers involved were seriously injured. Socorro EMS transported Padilla to Socorro General Hospital for minor injuries, the report said.

"The white pickup was stopped at the northbound on ramp at the interchange," Garcia said "He had pulled over to let other vehicles pass him to get onto the interstate. His wife had pulled over on the opposite side of the interstate, on the southbound side. For some reason Padilla decided to cross over and struck the other vehicle pulling the trailer, a red 2007 four door Dodge pickup."

Garcia said the truck was struck on the rear door.

"The truck skidded and rolled once and ended up right-side up. The trailer was detached and rolled onto its side, sliding off the road and through a fence," he said.

Garcia said the horses were still tied to the stalls and with their necks being pulled by their leads.

"They were all in distress," he added.

As northbound traffic was backed up for several miles, "approximately 10 bystanders assisted in freeing the horses," Garza said. "It was a community effort. Both local people and some non-locals helped the horses."

The racing horses were being transported from Ruidoso to Farmington, according to Curtis.

Padilla, the driver of the 1994 white Chevy pickup, will be cited pending further investigation, Garza added.