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Horse killed after being hit by two cars

A horse wandering on the Island Highway was killed after being hit by two vehicles early last Friday morning, police say.

Cpl. Kevin Day of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP, said the 1 a.m. equine accident — rare in the Cowichan area — happened June 24 after two horses got loose through the fencing of a farm in the 8600 block of the Trans-Canada Highway.

One of the mounts was struck in the southbound lane just north of Mount Sicker Road.

“The male driver of a 2010 GMC Yukon struck on horse, apparently killing it instantly,” Day said.

A 2002 white Mercedes Benz — also driven by a male — then hit the horse as it lay on the highway.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene where the drivers suffered minor injuries, he said.

“The other horse, fortunately, was not struck and it was returned to the farm.”

Charges are not being pursued in the incident, Day noted.

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