New Hampshire native Bob Skelding, 49, rests with his horses Deedee, Joyce, Dollie and Doc on Friday afternoon along the side of Highway 45 North near Columbus Air Force Base. Skelding and his four horses were in an accident today, killing two of the horses. Photo by: Neal Wagner
February 10, 2009
A New Hampshire man, who told a Dispatch reporter last week he was on a "journey of a lifetime" that brought him through nine states, dozens of towns and more than 1,700 miles, was in a wreck on Highway 45 today that demolished his horse-drawn recreational vehicle and killed two of his four horses.
The wreck happened on Highway 45 South near Shuqualak on the Kemper-Noxubee county line. Bob Skelding, 49, was driving his team of horses on a stretch of roadway that had little or no shoulder. Two 18-wheelers traveling side-by-side crested a hill, and one of the trucks hit the RV from behind.
Skelding was in critical condition in a Meridian hospital. The two surviving horses were being cared for by a nearby veterinarian.
Since August, Skelding had been traveling along the highways and backroads of rural America in the horse-drawn RV. The 7,700-pound RV, built by Skelding, housed a bed, a bathroom, a shower, a kitchen and other "things you would find in any home."
Skelding passed through the Columbus area on Friday and Saturday.
Before the accident, Skelding maintained an online blog and posted details of his journey nearly every day at www.wagonteamster.com.
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