This morning on Highway 93 going South toward Vegas a passenger car struck and killed a wild horse.
The temperatures were frigid, below zero. There was heavy fog referenced as “pogonip.” It is a fog that carries ice and is extremely dangerous and has been known to cause death in people and animals.
The stretch of Highway in Pioche near the Castleton mine road has a posted speed limit of 70 miles per hour. That stretch of highway is a common wildlife crossing for deer, rabbits and horses. There are no signs that indicate “wildlife crossing.” No signs that let drivers know that out on the range dusk and just before dawn are very dangerous times and you need to slow down. No common sense reminders that when the fog is so thick you can only see shadows for fifteen feet and then nothing that you need to slow down.
The man driving the car will be ok. His wife and three very small children will be ok.
The impact was so hard that the interior of the car had blood and feces from the horse. Horse hair, blood and feces were in the windshield.
Please, please, please use common sense when driving. In that same area at dusk two days prior I was almost hit by a semi that insisted on riding my tail and passing me because I wouldn’t go over 55. As his truck came along side mine a large group of deer crossed at that same location. We both had to brake hard… but he was going at least 80 and swerved…
Please be aware that highways traverse through areas filled with life… they don’t just connect cities.
Report from todays roundup coming soon.