PARKTON — Traffic approaching a curved section of Davis Bridge Road was temporarily rerouted Thursday night as Parkton firefighters and state troopers worked to clear a mangled van and horse from the roadway.
According to Assistant Fire Chief Chris Conway, a van traveling south through the dark curve just beyond Stonewall Court struck a horse that had escaped its pasture and gone for a stroll down the two-lane road.
“… The driver just didn’t see him,” Conway said.
The driver of the van, whose name was not immediately available, was not injured but “shaken up,” Conway said. The horse’s neck was broken in the accident and it did not survive.
The call to the all-volunteer department came in at 10:15 p.m., Conway said. Though not often, Conway has fielded such calls before. Last year, a car struck two horses that had gotten loose and wondered down nearby Glenn Road.
The rural stretch of Davis Bridge Road, near Southfork Road, is a dangerous one, with the fire department fielding several calls to the area each year, Conway said. Traffic had resumed its normal flow this morning.
The Robesonian was unable to get additional information this morning because the trooper who worked the accident was not available.