A horse was struck by a vehicle Monday morning and had to be euthanized.

The accident took place off of Leann Drive in Douglasville near Boundary Waters Aquatics Center in southeastern Douglas County, according to the Georgia State Patrol. A tree came down and struck the fence at a stable, allowing a group of horses to flee, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Around 7:30 a.m., one of the horses was moving across Highway 92 when a 2009 Honda Accord traveling northbound collided with the animal. The driver sustained no injuries, but the vehicle was towed due to disabling damage, Georgia State Patrol Cpl. John Trawick said.

By the time Trooper James Fuller arrived on the scene at 8:17 a.m., the horse had already been euthanized and there was no traffic on the scene, according to Trawick. Trawick said only one of the loose horses was hit by a vehicle.

“We helped recover several others and got them back into their fence,” Douglas County Sheriff's Sgt. Jesse Hambrick said.

With heavy rain and cold temperatures in the forecast, many Douglas County government agencies either delayed opening or closed altogether on Monday. Douglas County Schools canceled classes, the courthouse delayed its opening until 10 a.m., and the city of Douglasville didn’t open offices until noon.

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