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Family injured after hitting, killing horse on SR 138

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Posted at 2:39 PM, Apr 14, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-14 23:13:29-04

GRANTSVILLE, UTAH — A family of four stuck a horse Saturday night as they were driving on State Route 138; the family members sustained minor injuries and the horse was killed.

Utah Highway Patrol officials said the accident happened at around 11:30 p.m. about a mile west of Grantsville. The impact turned the car on its side on the shoulder of the road.

The mother and father were in the front seats, and they had minor injuries. Their two children, both minors, were in the back seat, and they sustained cuts and bruises.

It is unknown how the horse came to be on the road. There may be a second horse in the area, which is not contained by a fence. UHP officials said Tooele Animal Control is looking into that possibility.

The owner of the horse is unknown, and UHP officials said the owner will not face any criminal charges, but they said he or she could have a financial liability in an accident caused by livestock getting out of an enclosure.