THE BRONX — Police rescued two injured horses from a trailer on the Cross-Bronx Expressway Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
A private vehicle carrying the horses was traveling south on the Cross-Bronx Expressway about 2:40 p.m. Tuesday when the horses started behaving erratically, causing a divider in the trailer to fall, an NYPD spokeswoman said.
The driver pulled over and found that both horses sustained minor cuts, the spokeswoman said.
The NYPD's Mounted Unit responded and transported the horses to a police facility, where an NYPD veterinarian will examine them, the spokeswoman said.
Singh Kumar, 64, who was near the highway, said a crowd of people gathered by the roadway as the incident unfolded.
"[The trailer] was rocking and the horses were going crazy," Kumar said.
Julie, a customer at the Hyacinth Beauty Salon nearby, who did not give her last name, said she saw police guide one of the horses out of the trailer.
"They just walked the horse out and put it in the police trailer," she said.
Traffic on the Cross-Bronx Expressway slowed to a crawl while police and other emergency responders flooded the scene, witnesses said.
Editor's Note: The FDNY initially said the vehicle carrying the horses was in an accident, but the NYPD later said that was not the case.