A man called police early Friday morning, reporting he had collided with a horse in Bridport, Vermont.
Eric Baker, 38, of White Hall, New York, was traveling to work when a horse ran into the roadway, an investigation revealed.
Baker told troopers he thought he hit a moose.
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Before the call was placed to authorities, the horse was hit by a second vehicle driven by Justin Stearns of Whiting, Vermont.
Both vehicles were damaged, but driven from the scene.
No humans were injured.
Police say it is suspected the horse did not suffer, and died quickly upon impact.
Vermont State Police have not been able to identify the owner of the brown and blue roan, shoeless gelding, that was wearing a turn-out halter.
Anyone with information is asked to call: (802) 388-4919.
It is suspected the horse may have lived near the Shoreham and Bridport town lines.