Police officer corrals horse to safety on major highway

An Ontario Provincial Police officer from Chatham-Kent knows a lot more about handling race horses now.

Pickup truck towing a horse trailer crashed on highway 401

Ontario's Ministry of Transportation tells CBC News it has no immediate plans to install a concrete barrier between the eastbound and westbound lanes of Highway 401 in Chatham-Kent. (File Photo)

An Ontario Provincial Police officer from Chatham-Kent knows a lot more about handling race horses now.

On Tuesday night, a pickup truck towing a horse trailer crashed on highway 401.

The truck ended up in the ditch and the trailer landed on its roof near the median.

One horse got out of the trailer and started galloping down the highway.

Const. Janine Belanger said an officer managed to corral the horse, and lead it away from traffic.

"It's not something that we see all the time, but definitely he's gained some experience in what to do when horses get loose on the highway," he said.

Neither horse was seriously injured.

They were treated by a local veterinarians, and then returned to their owner.

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