Eight horses are dead after a traffic accident in Texas.

9 Kill Pen Horses Dead in Texas Trailer Accident

Thompson Kill Pen Horses Dead

update May 23, 2018

A traffic accident involving a kill pen horse hauler leaves 9 horses dead Saturday morning.

Texas Highway Patrol says 26-year-old Tye Maricle of Louisiana was driving an F-350 pickup and livestock trailer containing 14 horses in Anderson County. The for-hire transporter was delivering horses purchased by people in several states from Thompson’s Horse Lot and Co.

The rig went off the road striking a tree causing the trailer to roll partially. Trooper Jack Hallock’s report states, “several horses killed or severely injured from the impact.”

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Gary Thompson of Pitkin, LA, owns the wrecked truck, according to public records. Jacob Thompson Cattle, LLC, owns the livestock trailer.

Thompson Horse Lot

Thompson Horse Lot and Co. is registered with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry as a registered livestock dealer under the business Thompson Horse Lot, LLC. Jacob and Tara Michelle Sanders are the sole owners.

Gary Thompson is not registered with the state as a livestock dealer.

Horse funds go through Jacob Thompson Cattle, LLC, according to invoices we obtained. The U.S. Department of Transportation put Jacob Thompson Cattle, LLC (DOT #1653361) out of service in May 2016 for unpaid fines.

And when the company is legal to operate the company is only allowed to haul livestock it owns.

Authorities did not ticket Maricle although they confirm he was transporting the horses across state lines without a CDL.

Passenger Ricky Conn, 43, of Louisiana, received treatment at Palestine Regional Medical Center for non-incapacitating injuries. The accident report states he was not wearing his seatbelt.

Passenger Stacey Bailey, 30, also of Louisiana, did not seek medical treatment on the scene.

The report states the horse hauler was traveling north on US 287 near CR 1435 around 5 a.m. Saturday. It was raining when a white Chevy pickup heading south allegedly crossed into the wrong lane. Maricle told the investigator he tried to avoid the vehicle and ran off the road striking a tree.

Highway Patrol Staff Sgt. Jean Dark says there was no physical evidence of another vehicle in the trooper’s report.

The surviving horses were reportedly taken to an area auction house before their journey to the unknown continued.


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