An acclaimed Palomino named Bucky died Wednesday morning after an accident on Interstate 10 just west of Blythe. Riverside County Animal Services employees and good Samaritans tried to save the 30-year-old horse for about four hours at the site of the crash. But, brain injuries caused Bucky to start thrashing and a veterinary doctor humanely euthanized him.
The accident happened at about 5:30 a.m. just west of the Mesa Drive exit on eastbound Interstate 10. Carol and her husband, John, were heading to the 126th Annual Prescott Frontier Days to participate in the event's parade.
Carol Tennant, who was driving a Suburban that was pulling a horse trailer, drifted into the right shoulder and into the unaltered terrain, causing flats on two tires on the trailer. The erratic movement caused the horse to sustain serious internal injuries.