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Runaway horse gets mixed up in I-80 rush-hour stampede

An Indianstate trooper leads Geraldo safety Tuesday after horse ran Interstate 80 near Lake StatiInd. during evening rush hour Tuesday.

An Indiana state trooper leads Geraldo to safety Tuesday after the horse ran on Interstate 80 near Lake Station, Ind., during the evening rush hour on Tuesday. | Indiana State Police

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Updated: April 24, 2013 6:39AM



LAKE STATION — A runaway horse named Geraldo snarled busy traffic along Interstate 80 during the evening rush hour and escaped unscathed.

Geraldo can thank two motorists and four Indiana State troopers for getting home safely.

About 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, police started getting calls about a horse on the busy highway near Colorado Street, Indiana State Police Sgt. Ann Wojas said.

Colleen Flee, of Chesterton, and David Beckham, of Crown Point, saw the horse running on I-80 when it fell. Flee and Beckham stopped and Flee lay down next to the horse to keep it down and calm so it wouldn’t dart out in traffic. Beckham stood by with Flee to help control the horse, who suffered just minor abrasions. 

When Troopers Khari Walton, Dan Avitia, Eric Rot and Jerry George arrived, they found the horse lying on the inner shoulder just east of Central Avenue.

Rot stopped eastbound traffic to walk the horse across the traffic lanes into the grassy area behind the barrier wall on the outer shoulder so it wouldn’t be spooked by traffic. 

The Lake Station and Hobart Police Departments helped find Geraldo’s owner.

Marcelino Chavez, 62, of Hammond, said Geraldo had jumped over the fence where he’s kept at 25th Avenue and Colorado Street and fled up the interstate. Chavez said that the horse is used in parades. 

Traffic was shut down again for Chavez to load Geraldo into his horse trailer. 

All lanes reopened about 6:15 p.m.



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