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CAR KILLS HORSE ON FREEWAY RIDER THROWN OFF BEFORE ANIMAL WANDERED INTO TRAFFIC.

Byline: Naush Boghossian Staff Writer

BURBANK - A horse that threw its owner and wandered onto the Ventura Freeway during rush hour Monday morning was struck by a car and killed, stalling westbound traffic for more than two hours, authorities said.

Calvin Galliano of Mendecino was thrown from his horse, a 7-year-old Tennessee walking horse named Whiskey, early Monday near the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, according to Los Angeles County Animal Control Officer Michael Blake. The driver of the car, a 42-year-old Glendale resident, escaped injury, although the 1983 Toyota Tercel was badly damaged in the crash which occurred about 8 a.m.

``This is highly unusual,'' said California Highway Patrol Officer Vince Bell. ``The equestrian center has been adjacent to the freeway for years, and it's the only incident I remember where a horse got on the freeway.''

Whiskey died from the impact of the crash and remained in freeway lanes until about 10 a.m., when a truck equipped with a hoist lifted the animal to the freeway shoulder. All freeway lanes were reopened at 10:21 a.m.

``It's very sad,'' said Larry Gimple, director of events for the equestrian center. ``We're very happy the rider wasn't hurt and the driver of the vehicle wasn't hurt, because that could have been tragic as well.''

Galliano was riding on a trail near the equestrian center when Whiskey saw a coyote and bucked him off, Blake said. The horse then ran through a fence opening and onto the freeway.

Whiskey was being boarded at the equestrian center, which has operated beside the freeway and across from Griffith Park for 22 years. Officials there said they knew of no similar incident.

Naush Boghossian, (818) 546-3306

naush.boghossian(at)dailynews.com

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(1) Calvin Galliano, center, of Mendocino is comforted after his horse was killed Monday on the Ventura Freeway in Burbank.

(2) This opening in the fence was wide enough for Whiskey, a 7-year-old Tennessee walking horse, to run through Monday morning before he was hit by a car.

John McCoy/Staff Photographer
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