Runaway horse stops interstate traffic in northern Indiana

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A runaway horse stopped traffic on Interstate 80 in Lake County Tuesday.

State police received reports of the runaway horse, "Geraldo," running east on the interstate around 4:30 p.m. Witnesses said the horse fell on the roadway, where troopers found him lying on the shoulder.

Two drivers stopped and stayed with the horse to keep it calm until troopers arrived. Trooper Eric Rot had eastbound traffic stopped so he could walk Geraldo to a grassy area behind a barrier wall so he would not be spooked by passing traffic.

Local police officers from Lake Station and Hobart were able to find the horse's owner, 62-year-old Marcelino Chavez of Hammond, who said Geraldo had jumped the fence where he is kept at 25th and Colorado streets and fled up the interstate.

Chavez said his horse is used in parades. The horse suffered minor abrasions in the incident.

All lanes of traffic were reopened around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.