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Horses on I-74 near Downs

Emergency crews work to corral horses loose on eastbound Interstate 74 on Thursday afternoon near Downs. They had escaped from a nearby farm and were not involved in a nearby accident, police said.

BLOOMINGTON — A small group of horses ran loose along Interstate 74 Thursday, slowing traffic to a standstill.

Illinois State Police also were called to a traffic accident on I-74 between Bloomington and Downs around 6 p.m. a few miles from where the five horses were sighted around the same time.

The horses were not involved in any accident but had escaped from a nearby farm, according to McLean County sheriff’s police.

Eastbound I-74 near the Bloomington Main Street exit at mile marker 135 was closed to traffic until about 9:15 p.m.

No further information on the accident was available.

About 6:40 p.m., a Facebook post from the Downs Police Department reported the horses had been corralled. The horses were shown being loaded into a trailer and removed from the highway.

The department thanked state police, McLean County sheriff’s deputies, Downs Fire Protection District and some semitrailer truck drivers who helped “in corralling these horses before anything unfortunate could happen.”

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Contact Kelsey Watznauer at (309) 820-3254. Follow her on Twitter: @kwatznauer.

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