A San Diego Sheriff’s cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone

Two people were injured and a horse and dog killed Tuesday in a collision involving a big rig and a vehicle hauling a livestock trailer in Poway.

The crash occurred shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday on state Route 67, just north of Poway Road, San Diego County Sheriff‘s Sgt. David Toner said.

Investigators determined a big rig was heading southbound when, for unknown reasons, the driver applied the brakes and veered into the northbound lane, where it collided with a Dodge Ram pickup hauling a livestock trailer, Toner said.

The pickup went off the roadway and overturned down a shallow ravine, the sergeant said. The livestock trailer was torn away from the pickup and also ended up off the roadway.

A horse within the trailer was pronounced dead at the scene, while the pickup’s driver and a passenger were taken to Palomar Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, Toner said.

Alcohol was not a suspected factor in the crash, Toner said.

Hazardous materials crews were called in to mitigate a fuel leak that resulted from the collision.

The wreck left traffic lanes blocked in the area through the afternoon. The roadway was fully reopened around 6 p.m. Tuesday, Caltrans reported.

Updated 4:15 a.m. Dec. 9, 2020

— City News Service

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