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Horse cut free after trailer overturns in East Sussex

Horse trailer overturned on A21 Credit: East Sussex Fire and Rescue

A horse has been cut free from a trailer after it overturned in East Sussex

A specialist animal rescue team from Crowborough were called in after the accident on the A21.

The trailer was resting on the central reservation while a vet sedated the horse and firefighters cut the roof off the trailer.

The driver of the vehicle, towing the trailer, was unhurt but understandably shaken by the incident.

Crew Commander John Haizelden from East Sussex Fire and Rescue said:

“It was an extremely hot day and crews worked well in the heat under arduous conditions.

"The specialist animal rescue unit from Crowborough concentrated on working in the vicinity of the animal, maintaining its welfare.

Due to the nature of this incident specialist knowledge is required when dealing with animals.”

The A21 was closed in both directions between Pembury and Kippings Cross roundabout but has now reopened.

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