Brenham Girl Dragged to Death by Horse

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An investigation is underway in Washington County after a junior high student was killed after being dragged behind her horse.

Authorities say 13-year-old Payton Simmons was riding her horse Saturday evening at her Seeker Road ranch when she somehow ended up being dragged behind sprinting animal.

The girl apparently had a rope tied around her waist while she was riding, though it's unknown exactly why.

Simmons was air-lifted to Hermann Hospital in Houston, but authorities say she was brain-dead when she arrived.

Simmons was in the seventh grade at Brenham Junior High.