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Motorists seriously hurt, horses dead in road smashes

PoliceFour horses are dead after two serious motor accidents on both sides of the Atlantic on Saturday.

In one of the crashes, in Masstown, Nova Scotia, Canada, the driver of a sports utility vehicle was pulled clear after a collision with two horses just moments before the burning vehicle was engulfed.

In the other accident, in Essex, England, the driver had to be cut free after a collision with two of three horses loose on the road.

The Essex crash happened on the a127 road in Wickford around 6am.

Essex police reported that the crash involved four cars, a truck, and two of the three horses.

The driver of a Nissan Micra car had to be cut from the wreckage of his vehicle by firefighters and was taken to Basildon Hospital with a serious head injury.

One of the horses died instantly in the crash and a second was euthanised. The third horse was unhurt.

In the Nova Scotia crash, a Mazda SUV heading east on Highway 104 near Masstown around 5.45am struck a horse and a miniature running loose.

The vehicle veered into a ditch and caught alight. The driver was initially trapped, but was pulled clear by passing motorists only moments before the vehicle was engulfed.

The driver was seriously hurt in the impact and taken to Colchester Regional Hospital. His passenger was also taken to hospital.

The horses died instantly.

A third loose horse was also found in the area and returned to a nearby farm.

 

Horsetalk.co.nz

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