Serious accident near Lebanon

By Rontina McCann - bio|email

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) -- Five people were taken to the hospital after a one vehicle crash Saturday afternoon.

The right lanes of north and southbound I-71 were closed.

The truck lost control, dropped off the road and hit a tree. It was hauling two horses in a trailer.

The horses had to be extracted from the trailer and taken to the Lebanon Equine Center.

The driver of the vehicle, 55 year-old Paul Scwab of Hamilton was taken to the hospital.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, two people were flown to Cincinnati by Aircare, one was taken to Children's Hospital. The other three people went by ambulance to closer hospitals.

It took teamwork to save their horses. A person stuck in the traffic saw what happened and transported the horses in her trailer and called Dr. John Megaro at the Equine Center.

"The horses are in pain, no different than a human being in an accident, there is a lot of trauma to the body, both muscle and bone pain," Megaro said.

The horses did not suffer serious injuries, but Dr. Megaro says they will be fine as long as they make it through the night.