Horse owners urged to keep horses safe after collision
Horse owners have been told by firefighters to check fields and paddocks after a horse was killed in a collision on the Marlow bypass on Monday morning.
The horse managed to escape onto the A404 and collided with a Ford Transit van. The incident took place at around 4.10am. Firefighters were called to the scene at around 4.18am after the vehicle burst into flames.
The horse, which was wearing a blanket, is believed to have broken out of its field, which was located near to the road. “The horse was wearing a blanket and we believe it had somehow managed to get out of an adjacent field,” said Watch Manager Richard Boast from Marlow Fire Station. “It then strayed into the path of a van travelling towards Handy Cross. “
This was a tragic incident for the horse and owner and could have had serious consequences for the driver. “We are appealing to everyone who keeps a horse to carry out regular checks to make sure that the animal is kept in a secure area. “For example, making sure that a perimeter fence is kept in good repair could be all it takes to avoid a future tragedy.”
Police said that the driver of the van was not injured in the accident. Both lanes were closed after the accident. One was re-opened at around 6.25am whilst the other was kept closed until the horse was removed, resulting in traffic delays. The accident is one of many involving horses escaping from fields onto busy roads.
A similar incident occurred in late December last year, when two stray horses were killed after colliding with a car on the outskirts of Darlington. One horse was killed on impact, the other had to be put down after sustaining serious injuries. The driver of the vehicle was not harmed.
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