- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) - Four horses and two mules that escaped their pasture are dead after being struck by a big rig hauling potatoes in Sherman County.

The Oregon State Police says the animals were standing in the middle of U.S. Highway 97 when they were hit in the pre-dawn hours Friday morning.

The driver of the truck was not hurt but the vehicle sustained severe damage to the front end.

The animals had to walk several miles to get to the highway from their pasture.

It’s not clear how they escaped their enclosure.

No enforcement action was taken against the truck driver or the owners of the animals.

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