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Post-Parade Collision Closes Intersection of 1st and Poplar in Casper [PHOTOS]

At least three people were injured, and two horses are dead, following a post-parade collision just west of Casper.

Covered Wagons Involved in Crash
Wagons During Participating in 2012 Parade (Photo: Tom McCarthy, Townsquare Media)

According to Casper Police, just after noon on Tuesday, July 10th, a horse-drawn covered wagon was traveling west-bound on 1st Street, west of Poplar Street, when it was hit from behind by an SUV.

Two people (1 male and 1 female) who were riding in the covered wagon, were taken to the hospital and at last report, at least one of them is in the ICU.

The female driver of the SUV also went to the hospital, with unknown injuries.

Both horses that were pulling the wagon had to be put down…one at the scene, and the other a short time later, at an animal care facility.

A female teenager that was riding in the wagon was not hurt.

The covered wagon along with the horse and the riders inside, were participating in the Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo parade, earlier in the day.

Casper Police Chief Chris Walsh says, this is one of the most unique things, that he’s ever seen.

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“It’s not uncommon to have animals pulling wagons in Casper during Parade Day or in different events through-out the summer, but having a vehicle collision with them, I figure of this magnitude, is pretty much unheard of.”

Police had to close down West First Street, between Poplar Street and Salt Creek Highway, during the investigation.

We’ll keep you posted on new details, as the story develops.

UPDATED 9:30 pm, July 10

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