A 61-year old man from Alfred, ON, has been charged by the OPP with Insecure Load after a horse fell out of a livestock trailer onto Highway 401.

The incident happened last Friday. A release said when police responded they found an injured horse lying on the roadway.

The driver continued eastbound without stopping. Officers located the truck and trailer, and escorted it back to the scene.

The horse eventually managed to stand up and was loaded back into the trailer and brought in for a veterinarian examination.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which regulates the transportation of livestock on the highway, are investigating.