3 horses killed after horse trailer crashes on I-35E in St. Paul

A crash on Interstate 35E in St. Paul, Minnesota involving a horse trailer left three horses dead Thursday morning. 

The crash occurred on southbound I-35E near University Avenue. The Minnesota State Patrol said the crash involved a truck that was hauling a trailer with five horses in it. The driver was not injured, but three of the horses were killed. 

The driver, who is from Washington, was cited by State Patrol for not having a valid driver's license and cited for duty to drive with due care.

A friend of the driver told FOX 9 the man was on his way to Michigan and often took part in horse pull competitions.

After the horse trailer crumpled, it took three hours to get just one of the surviving horses out. Both surviving horses, named Junior and Mike, are staying at a nearby farm as their owner figures out how they can all get back home safely together.