GLEN ROSE – Somervell County Fire Department experienced a very eventful Tuesday, Aug. 2.
At 5:20 p.m., the department received two emergency calls from two very separate accidents.
“We had multiple rescue calls at the same time yesterday," Fire Chief Mark Crawford explained Wednesday. "One was on County Road 2013. We had a four wheeler accident involving a resident of Glen Rose who was a child. And at the same time we had an overturned vehicle on Highway 67 East. There was an overturned horse trailer that had two horses in it.”
Both Crawford and Dr. Gary Crabtree of Squaw Valley Veterinary Clinic were dispatched to the horse-related accident scene.
Crawford said two groups of firefighters left the station at the same time.
“Fortunately, on the four wheeler accident, the patient was stable,” Crawford said.
While the child’s safety and health was being examined, other firefighters were across town cutting open the horse trailer, reports show.
“It took us about an hour and a half to get the horses out," Crawford said. "We had to use multiple rescue tools. Our primary tool we used on that is one we’ve had since the 1970’s, a tool we never use. It was an air chisel. It’s just not a tool we use anymore, but we have it. It ended up being the best tool for the situation.”
The driver and possible passenger or passengers of the truck hauling the trailer were not believed to suffer major injuries, officials said.
“The driver was fine, the horses were bloodied up. They had some major cuts,” Crawford said. “Dr. Crabtree got there before I did.”
While Dr. Crabtree was on the scene with Crawford, he gave medical attention to the horses – ensuring their well-being. Afterward, took them to the Squaw Valley Veterinary Clinic.
As of Wednesday, Aug. 3 – around noon – Crabtree gave an update on the status of the two horses.
“They seem stable so far – they have a fair prognosis for recovery,” Crabtree said.
Crawford expressed his gratitude and thankfulness for the community's involvement.
“It was a community effort," he said. "We had local vets involved, horse experts tending to the horses while we were cutting. They had to sedate the horses while we used the loud cutting tools.”
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