Worker killed rounding up horses

The territory’s occupational health and safety officials are investigating the death of a horse wrangler who died Monday.

The territory’s occupational health and safety officials are investigating the death of a horse wrangler who died Monday.

Arnold Johnson, 57, was working for an independent contractor rounding up wild horses near Kusawa Lake on Sunday, said government spokesperson Ron Billingham.

He died Monday at Whitehorse General Hospital.

The Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board said Johnson became tangled up with a horse and was seriously injured.

The investigation is still in its early stages and few details are being released, said spokesperson Richard Mostyn. More information will likely be available soon, he said.

Coroner Kirsten Macdonald said Johnson’s body has been sent for an autopsy and toxicology report.