Updates: Ponca City Mustang Truck Crash & NDoA/Lesperance
Posted by Texas Mustang Project on December 16, 2010
1. Ponca City Crash update
For those of you not familiar with this incident, a transport hauling BLM mares to long term holding was involved in an accident. The driver failed to heed a limited height warning sign, hit a railroad overpass and tore the roof off the trailer.
Here’s the story. (Click on the photo to view the entire story. It’s freaking amazing!)
Incredibly, with the roof gone and the sides torn loose from the trailer (as seen in the photos) the 39 mares remained on the transport deck, not real happy but they didn’t try to jump through the openings. The long term holding contractor’s staff responded, offloaded the horses and loaded them onto their transport. It is my understanding that they made up the majority of what the newspaper dubbed as “local cowboys.”
Equally incredible was that the debris flew outside the compartment so none of the horses was seriously injured or needed veterinary care. They all arrived safely and are presently on long term holding pasture. This was likely a real tricky situation and fortunately cool heads on the scene produced positive results.
2. Tony Lesperance story (Nevada Appeal)
A report that came out today (Thursday) in the Nevada Appeal revealed some of the problems that have concerned us at the Nevada Department of Agriculture for the past three years.
It appears that some citizens have also expressed their distaste regarding their experiences with the department in the Reader Comments section. (BTW, the number of Reader Comments is one way that the editorial staffs gauge the importance of a story. My opinion is that we need to keep this issue in the news.)