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A horse died Wednesday afternoon after the trailer in which it was riding separated from the tow vehicle and slid into the Mississippi River.

Melanie Lunsmann of New Richmond was driving a Toyota Highlander northbound on US Highway 63 around 4:45 p.m. when a pin came loose from the hitch of the trailer and the trailer separated from the receiver of the truck, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. The trailer then ran off the roadway into the back waters of the Mississippi River off Highway 63 with the horse inside.

"We are not sure how it came undone," Sheriff's Deputy Collin Gilles said, who was on scene.

The sheriff's department received the call from Goodhue County which first received the 911 call. Gilles said a witness saw the incident along with Lunsmann who pulled over as soon as she could.

Gilles said the animal was a quarterhorse valued at $675 while the trailer was valued at $500.