A pair of horses that ended up on U.S. Route 13 near Greenwood were struck and killed by a tractor-trailer early Saturday morning, while two Newark residents were injured when their truck attempted to avoid the dead animals.

A pair of horses that ended up on U.S. Route 13 near Greenwood were struck and killed by a tractor-trailer early Saturday morning, while two Newark residents were injured when their truck attempted to avoid the dead animals.
The crashes occurred in the southbound lanes of the highway, just south of Greenwood Road, about 4:30 a.m., according to Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
The horses, both from a nearby farm, were in the right lane when they were struck by a 2013 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Carroll W. Nicholson Jr., a 33-year-old from Fruitland, Md.
Williamson was able to come to a controlled stop on the shoulder some distance from the impact, which caused the horses’ carcasses to be thrown into the roadway, Fourner said.
A southbound 2004 Nissan pick-up truck driven by 56-year-old Newark resident William R. Dennis saw the horses in the road and swerved to the left to avoid striking them, causing the pick-up to enter the median and overturn, he said.
Dennis and his 56-year-old male passenger, who was not identified, were taken to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries. Both were wearing seatbelts, he said.
Nicholson was uninjured but his tractor-trailer did suffer damage to the front-end damage.
The southbound lanes of Route 13 were closed for about two hours while DelDOT workers cleared the debris from the roadway.