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Cathy Whitehead, of North Stonington, points to one of the stalls where she housed one of her four horses before they were rescued by the North Stonington Fire Department when her and her husband Roger's barn collapsed early Thursday morning. All four horses are fine, just and few scratches. This stall housed Stormy, a 20-year old draft horse who suffered face scratches near her eyes. One of the large draft horses had to duck under the beam across the door. ( Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun)
Fawn, a horse housed in the front of a barn in North Stonington that collapsed last week, was freed easily by cutting her stall near the entrance to the barn on Cathy Whitehead's property. | (Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun) Cathy Whitehead, of North Stonington, holds Stormy, a 20-year-old draft horse who suffered scratches near her eye when a barn caved in at the Whiteheads' property on Thursday. Stormy is one of four horses that were rescued during the barn collapse. (Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun) Cathy Whitehead, of North Stonington, had four horses rescued by the North Stonington Fire Department when her and her husband Roger's barn when it collapsed early Thursday morning. All four horses are fine, just and few scratches. Cathy holds pumpkin who was crouched against a cement wall when the roof collapsed on most of his middle stall. He was the last freed since his was the most trapped. ( Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun)

Horse barn collapses


NORTH STONINGTON — A barn at 182 Cossaduck Hill Road collapsed this morning sending emergency personnel to the scene to rescue the horses inside.

North Stonington Fire Department personnel responded to the scene shortly after 5:50 a.m. when the first call for aid was received. Emergency personnel were still on the scene hours later as volunteers continued to help the owners with care of the animals.

Meanwhile, state police in Connecticut and Rhode Island reported numerous crashes due to icy road conditions on Interstate 95 this morning.

Connecticut State Police were having difficulty finding tow trucks to come for some of the disabled vehicles as companies were busy with the volume of accidents. No serious injuries were reported.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.



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