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FILE - One person was killed when their vehicle hit a horse on the freeway in southern Utah early Thursday.

LEEDS, Washington County — A woman was killed when her vehicle hit a horse on the freeway in southern Utah early Thursday.

Utah Highway Patrol troopers received a call about 1:30 a.m. of horses on I-15 near Leeds.

"Troopers began to respond to the area to locate the horses. However, before we could arrive, a black Hyundai Veloster traveling (north) struck a black horse in the left lane," according to a statement from the UHP. "After impact, the vehicle continued north about another half mile and struck the median cable barrier."

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Investigators believe the driver, a young woman whose name was not immediately released, was killed on impact.

UHP Sgt. Nick Street did not know how many horses were on the road, but said it was more than one. He said investigators have identified the owner of the horses. An investigation will be conducted to determine how the horses got loose, and then the case will be submitted to the county attorney's office to determine if charges are warranted.

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.