An Estill County woman died and two other people were injured Friday after two vehicles struck a horse standing in a road, according to the Estill County Sheriff's Office.
At about 5:30 a.m. Friday, Lois Reeves, 60, crashed into the animal with her 2002 Saturn, said a release from Estill County Deputy Sheriff Karl Rifenbark.
The horse apparently had gotten out of a pasture and was standing in Ky. 52 about 2 1/2 miles west of Irvine, Rifenbark said.
The first vehicle to hit the horse was an eastbound 1996 Chevy Blazer driven by Brenda Wolfinburger, 56, of Estill County. The horse was knocked into the westbound lane, where Reeves hit it.
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Reeves' car veered into the eastbound lane and struck head-on a 1996 Ford pickup driven by Charles Samples, 57, of Estill County.
All three drivers were taken to Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital in Irvine. Wolfinburger and Samples were treated and released.
Rifenbark declined to identify the owner of the horse, but he said the owner will not face any criminal charges as a result of the crash.