A former British young rider team member has suffered facial injuries after a lorry tyre exploded in her face.

Twenty-year-old event rider Flora Harris was going to a show jumping competition last Sunday (25 January) when she stopped at a petrol station on the A3 to refuel.

While there she noticed one of her tyres was looking soft so used the garage’s air pump to inflate it.

But Flora noticed the pressure gage was not working properly.

“The reading wasn’t working and the air kept just going up and up, so I gave it to my groom and went into the service station to get help,” said Flora.

“They said they would come out so I went back and took over from my groom again. But no one came out and the tyre exploded in my face.”

“I have fractured my cheek bone and lost the hearing in my left ear, and it might never return.”

Flora is currently seeking legal advice.