Two horses killed within a fortnight on UK roads

  • Drivers are urged to take care when driving in the dark mornings after two horses were killed in a fortnight.

    Yesterday morning (9 February) a loose horse collided with a car (pictured, top) on the A1034 in Yorkshire.

    The bay horse was struck just before 7am at Market Weighton, Sancton, and was killed instantly.

    The driver sustained minor injuries.

    “A 999 call was made to the police by the ambulance service requesting our assistance at the scene of a road traffic collision between a car and a horse,” said a police spokesman.

    “The driver of the Ford Mondeo sustained minor injuries and the horse instantly died.”

    According to officers, there were three other loose horses.

    The road was closed between Newbald and Market Weighton.

    Collision in Scotland

    Last month (29 January), a horse was killed at Balblair, Bonar Bridge, at around 6am.

    Horses had escaped onto the road and one was fatally injured after being hit by a car.

    The driver of the car was uninjured.

    Police issued an appeal to trace a driver who assisted the horses’ owner and may have witnessed the collision.

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    “As part of ongoing enquiries, police in Sutherland are looking to trace a driver in relation to a road traffic collision that happened on the A836 on 29 January,” said a police spokesman.

    “A male driver of a delivery van/small lorry-type vehicle stopped to assist a horse owner after their animals had escaped onto the road. It is thought the man may have witnessed a subsequent collision between a car and one of the horses.

    “Sadly, the horse was fatally injured. The driver of the car was uninjured.”

    Police urge the driver and anyone with any information about the collision to call 101.

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