Three horses die in collision

Three horses have died after a collision between two heavy goods vehicles in Hampshire.

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Witness appeal after crash

Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

Hampshire Police investigating the cause of a collision between two heavy goods vehicles have appealed for witnesses to contact them with information.

A trailer carrying 10 horses behind one of the vehicles overturned.

Fire crews from Andover, Winchester, Brockenhurst, Eastleigh and Lyndhurst assisted with the rescue of the animals. The eastbound A303 was closed overnight while the Highways Agency carried out repairs. It is due to open around 8am.

Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Hampshire's "most complex" animal rescue

Animal rescue specialists at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service say an operation to rescue seven horses was one of the most complex they've ever undertaken.

A trailer carrying 10 of the animals overturned on the A303 on 23rd July 2013. One did not survive and two had to be put down.

The trailer was in collision with another lorry on the eastbound carriageway near Thruxton just before 4pm.

This was one of the most difficult and challenging animal rescues we have been called to in Hampshire. Generally we get called to deal with the rescue of one animal so to deal with 10 horses in one incident was significant. We quickly put a plan in place and our crews managed to cut away part of the back door of the trailer. We were able to corral each of the animals out of the trailer and triage them as they exited."

– Watch Manager Jim Green, animal rescue specialist, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

Seven horses rescued after trailer overturns

Some of the horses are rescued by crews from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

Two men were injured and three horses died after a trailer carrying 10 of the animals overturned on the A303 eastbound carriageway, after colliding with a lorry.

Seven were sedated and removed by vets and expert animal rescuers but one was killed in the crash and two had to be put down.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said the drivers of both vehicles were not seriously hurt.

A303 closed following serious collision

The A303 eastbound between Thruxton Village and Sarsen Lane remains closed this evening following a collision involving two heavy goods vehicle.

The westbound carriageway is expected to be opened shortly but the eastbound carriageway will remain closed until at least midnight.

One of the HGVs was carrying horses at the time of the collision and as a result two of the horses have since died. The two men driving the vehicles were not seriously injured.

I would like to thank the public for their patience while the roads have been closed and ask those who would normally use the route of an evening to bear with us while we work to re-open the eastbound carriageway.

A diversion remains in place. Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact the Roads Policing Unit at Whitchurch on 101.

– Sergeant Jon Bates
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