Semi collides with 2 horses, killing them on Sarasota road

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Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 1:49 pm | Updated: 2:40 pm, Tue Jan 21, 2014.

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. - A truck driver was injured and 2 horses died in a collision early Tuesday, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

According to an FHP release, 57-year-old Matthew Rooney was driving an International semi and trailer west on State Road 72 near the Sarasota National Cemetery around 3:40am, when several horses that escaped from a nearby farm ran into the road.

Rooney could not avoid two horses and collided with them, killing both horses, the report said. The truck went off the road, jack-knifed and hit a fence and trees.

Troopers say the truck driver received minor injuries and was treated at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.

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