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Escaped horses cause I-81 backup

July 22, 2006|by DON AINES

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police troopers and bystanders became amateur wranglers Friday afternoon when a pair of escaped horses galloped onto Interstate 81 and brought traffic to a crawl.

"I got caught in the traffic. I was trapped there almost an hour," said Leonard Stine of Waynesboro, Pa. "There were about 20 people chasing them back and forth, trying to get a rope on them."

"There was a farm adjacent to the interstate that they escaped from," said Trooper John Pomaybo, who said he did not know whether the horses had jumped over or gotten through a gap in the fence.

The incident happened north of the Maryland state line in Antrim Township, Pomaybo said.

"There were actually some bystanders who knew something about horses" and helped corral the animals, Pomaybo said. One person eventually was able to grab one horse's bridles.

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Once that horse was under control, the other, which appeared to be younger, followed along back to the farm, Pomaybo said.

"It was kind of playing follow the leader," he said.

Pomaybo and another trooper were involved in trying to control the animals, while other troopers were trying to control traffic, he said. Traffic was "basically at a standstill" for more than an hour as the horses ran across the northbound and southbound lanes, he said.

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