Two horses have been killed and two people seriously injured in a road accident in north Cornwall.
The crash, which involved three cars, happened at about 7.20am this morning on the B3277 between Chiverton Cross and St Agnes.
Devon and Cornwall Police said the occupants of one of the cars, a Peugeot, were badly hurt. The road was still closed at 3pm.
One of the horses died at the scene, the other had to put down as a result of its injuries.
Local reports said a father and daughter were traveling in the Peugeot – which appeared to have collided directly with the horses.
The female driver of another car was treated for shock, while the male driver of the third vehicle was uninjured.
Mark Glanville from Truro Community Fire Station said the Peugeot appeared to have hit one of the horses head on.
“The bonnet was crushed and it appeared the horse had come up and hit the windscreen, which was lying in the laps of the male driver and the female passenger.
Police are investigating why the horses were loose on the carriageway.