Man, 3 horses killed in Gallatin Co. crash

GALLATIN COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - A Tennessee man is dead along with three horses after a horse trailer jack-knifed on southbound I-71 in Gallatin County.

The crash happened around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning at mile marker 68.

Police say that the truck, driven by 51-year-old Jeffrey Givens of Murfreesboro, Tenn., was traveling southbound in the left-hand lane when the accident occurred. Authorities say the vehicle and the horse trailer it was hauling dipped off the left side of the roadway.

Officers say that the truck and trailer came back onto the roadway and jack-knifed before striking the guardrail on the right side of the road.  The truck overturned and came to rest on its top.

Police say that Givens was trapped in the truck and pronounced dead at the scene.

His passenger, 53-year-old Tim Taylor of La Vergne, Tenn., was also trapped and had to be mechanically removed from the vehicle. Police say he was transported to the University of Cincinnati Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Three horses that were in the trailer were also killed in the crash.

Both Givens and Taylor were wearing their seatbelts.

Southbound I-71 was shut down for approximately four and a half hours due to the crash.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

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