Horse trailer carrying 37 horses collapses
A horse trailer carrying 37 horses buckled in the center while traveling along Interstate 440 in south Nashville, reports WSMV. The horses and trailer belonged to Three Angels Farm of Lebanon, Tenn. One horse was euthanized at the site due to injuries. The others were loaded onto a different trailer and transported back to Lebanon. In January, a trailer from the same farm carrying 38 horses wrecked killing three horses and seriously injuring two others. The suspected cause was that the driver fell asleep at the wheel.
Three Angels Farm has a history of maintenance violations and a poor highway safety record. It has been cited for 64 maintenance violations in two years. More than half those violations led inspectors to take the trucks off of the road. Violations included worn tires, a cracked frame, inadequate brakes, broken turn signals, an exhaust leak, windshield wipers that don’t work, defective lights and inoperative turn signals. Other citations included fatigued driving, driving for more than 14 hours, falsified driver reports, expired health certificates and talking on the phone while driving.