TOWN OF EDEN, NY (WIVB) - The Town of Eden police department, assisted by the Erie County Sheriff's accident investigation unit is investigating an early morning crash that has claimed the life of an Eden woman.
At 6:41 a.m. Kathryn Tyrrell, 49, was riding her horse on Route 75, south of East Church Street.
Tyrrell was struck from behind by a farm truck hauling silage. The driver of the truck told police he saw something brown at the last minute on the right side of the lane, but did not know what it was at the time of the collision.
There was no reflective material on either Tyrrell or the horse. Police say it also appears that Tyrrell had in ear buds and was consuming beer at the time of the collision.
While investigating the scene, police received information from another motorist who told them an hour or so before the crash, while on Route 75 near Route 62, he had to take evasive action to keep from hitting the horse and rider. He states that he "never saw the horse until the last minute."
Tyrrell was pronounced dead at the scene. Her horse died a short time after.
The highway was closed to traffic for five hours. During that time Eden EMS & Rescue and East Eden Fire Dept. redirected traffic.
The investigation is continuing, and the driver has not been charged.
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