Horse killed in crash on A16 at North Thoresby
A HORSE was killed on the A16 after bolting and being struck by a car heading southbound towards Louth.
The tragedy happened at the Ludborough Road junction with the A16 at North Thoresby at about 2pm on Saturday afternoon.
A Lincolnshire Police spokeswoman said the rider of the horse, a 13-year-old girl, had dismounted as the horse bolted and it then ran straight out on to the A16.
It collided with a Vauxhall Corsa containing a couple from Barton-upon-Humber. Neither of them was hurt in the collision.
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The horse, which was believed to have been called Smirnoff, was killed instantly.
There was minimal disruption to traffic as an abattoir lorry retrieved the horse from the carriageway.
A spokeswoman for the police said: “It could have been a lot worse if the 13-year-old had still be on the horse when it bolted.
“Every horse rider is aware of the hazards and the unpredictable nature of animals. It is just one of those unfortunate things in a rural county.”
She said the horse is believed to have been owned by a North Thoresby family.