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Horse killed whentruck hits trailer

A man is cited for careless driving after his garbage truck rear-ends a horse trailer.

By Times Staff Writer
Published July 6, 2005


BROOKSVILLE - A 35-year-old garbage truck driver was cited for careless driving Tuesday after he was involved in an accident in which one horse was killed and another injured.

Anthony Hicks of Port Richey was traveling north of Brooksville on Ponce de Leon Boulevard, about 1 mile north of Citrus Way, when his Mack truck rear-ended a horse trailer, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Hicks was taken to Brooksville Regional Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries, said FHP spokesman Trooper Larry Coggins.

The accident occurred at 12:05 p.m. as 46-year-old Samuel Thomas of Lecanto, with horses in tow and Hicks traveling behind him, tried to turn onto property he owns at 16659 Ponce de Leon Blvd., said Trooper Kellie McMillan.

As Thomas made the turn from the northbound lane of traffic, his pickup truck was struck by the Seaside Sanitation truck.

The impact shattered the Mack truck's windshield and sent Thomas' Dodge crew cab into a cluster of trees along the west shoulder of the highway, Coggins said.

One of the horses was injured but was able to be walked onto Thomas' property; the other was killed, said McMillan, who investigated the crash.

Thomas was flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa for the injuries he sustained in the crash. The injuries were not life threatening, Coggins said.

[Last modified July 6, 2005, 00:49:15]


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