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Two seriously hurt in collision between a van and a horse-and-trap

eye-stockTwo people were injured when their horse-and-trap was involved in a collision with a van near Thirsk, in Yorkshire, England.

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident, which occurred around 8.50pm on Monday,  on the A168 Thirsk to Northallerton Road near Thirsk and Northallerton Golf Club.

A white Vauxhall van, driven by a man in his 40s, struck he rear of the cart as it travelled from the South Kilvington roundabout towards the B1448.

A 19-year-old local woman who was riding in the trap sustained serious injuries and was taken to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.

A 43-year-old local man who was walking at the side of the pony and trap, also sustained serious injuries, including a broken leg, broken arm and broken jaw. He was also taken to James Cook Hospital.

Both casualties remained in hospital, police said.

The driver of the van escaped injury.

It is understood a vet was called to treat the horse for a cut to its hindquarters.

Police are appealing to anyone who saw either the white van or the horse and trap before the collision and to anyone who witnessed the collision, to contact them.

Contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Thirsk Roads Policing Group. Quote reference 12140102778 when passing on information.

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