Right place, right time

By on January 9, 2009

by Susan O’Neill

Sugar Grove police arrived at the scene of an accident at 10:55 a.m. on Tuesday involving the rollover of a horse trailer. They found a horse tangled up and thrashing around inside the trailer.

“We were afraid he was going to hurt himself,” Sugar Grove investigator John Sizer said.

However, some help had already arrived. A woman sitting next to the horse told police she was an equine specialist, and had just taken a class in dealing with equine emergencies.

The police were trying to figure out how to get the horse out of the trailer safely when another woman approached them and said, “I’m a vet; can I help?”

She was able to sedate the horse, an 11-year-old male named Delaney. Two additional people, who identified themselves as equine dentists, arrived in time to help Sugar Grove firefighters extricate the horse trapped inside the trailer.

Once the sedative wore off, the horse was loaded onto another trailer and taken from the scene. He suffered minor cuts and bruises.

The horse was being transported by Karen Marie Le Sueur, 53, of Champaign, Ill., in a 2002 Toyota truck. She was driving northbound on Route 47 north of Jericho Road when she hit an icy patch and lost control of the truck. She slid off onto the west side of Route 47.

The trailer rolled over on its side and slid to a stop. Le Sueur was not injured.

Sizer said he was taken aback by all of the trained help that showed up at just the right time. These people had been driving by on Route 47.

“Marni McClennan was the first angel,” LeSueur said. “She knew just what to do. I feel so blessed for all the peope who showed up. The whole community was so wonderful.”

Sizer said that with all of the good Samaritans, they pretty well took care of the situation.

“I don’t know what we would have done if they hadn’t showed up,” he said. “Obviously, it was not this horse’s turn to die.”