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A horse was lying in the roadway after being struck on the Pacific Coast Highway on Jan. 19, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

A mule died after being hit by a car on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu Monday morning, authorities said.

The animal, which was initially identified as a horse, was struck as it was walking in southbound lanes of the highway at Heathercliff Road (map) before 7:00 a.m., according to Lt. James Royal with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lost Hills Station.

The mule suffered extensive injuries, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Philip Brooks. It appeared to be lying motionless in the middle of the roadway shortly after it was hit, aerial video over the scene showed.

Because of the injuries, authorities later “put down” the mule, Brooks said.

An ambulance was at the scene, but it was unclear whether the driver who hit the mule had been injured.

The No. 2 eastbound lane of the highway at Heathercliff was closed.

Royal had initially estimated it would reopen in an about an hour, but Brooks said the highway wouldn’t be cleared until 9:30 a.m.

It was not immediately known how the mule made it to the highway.

KTLA’s Justin Burton contributed to this report.